Sixty-six percent of Georgia’s 4th grade students CANNOT read at a proficient level (2013 Nation’s Report Card). The One World literacy Foundation asserts that two-thirds of those 4th grade students will end up in jail or on welfare. Here are a few more alarming statistics:

  •   The link between academic failure and crime is welded to reading failure. Over 70% of America’s inmates CANNOT read above a 4th grade level (Department of Justice).
  • 85% of US juvenile inmates are functionally illiterate (National Center for Educational Statistics).
  •   Illiteracy and low literacy workers cost Atlanta approximately $2.6 billion each year (Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy).


There is a literacy gap in Georgia and the entire country that is closely tied to both race and socioeconomic status; minority and low-income students are far more likely to read below their grade level.

  • The reading proficiency of Black and Hispanic students is 25+% lower than that of their White counterparts (NAEP Nation’s Report Card 2011).
  • Children of professionals were, on average, exposed to approximately 1,500 more words hourly than children growing up in poverty. This resulted in a gap of more than 32 million words by the time the children reached the age of 4 (Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley, ‘The Early Catastrophe’).
  • According to the 2013 Nation’s Report Card (NAEP), the literacy gap in Atlanta is growing.


  •  90% of students served by Everybody Wins! Atlanta are either Black or Hispanic.
  • 100% of students served by Everybody Wins! Atlanta attend low-income Title I Schools.
    • Title I schools are those schools in which more than 40% of students receive free or reduced lunch because their family income is below the poverty level. At schools with Power Lunch an average of 89% of students receive free or reduced lunch.
  • During the 2013-2014 school year, 80% of students served the by the Everybody Wins! Atlanta Power Lunch program passed the reading portion of the statewide standardized test.