Here are some links that mention the literacy standards reached in different countries.
“nearly half of American adults have limited literacy skills”
This document looks more closely at the results of a survey.
“Almost half of Australians aged 15-74 (6.2 million people) have ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ prose literacy skills.”
“HALF the adults in Britain have such poor levels of literacy and numeracy that they cannot cope with the demands of everyday life and work in a complex, advanced society, according to a study published yesterday.”
“42% of Canadian adults between the ages of 16 and 65 have low literacy skills.”
“A staggering 40 per cent of Kiwi adults lack the literacy skills to carry out their jobs.”
What skills did the International Adult Literacy Survey assess?
The table on this site shows the percentage of adults in a number of countries have very low literacy skills..
The Measuring Literacy section (about half way down the page) this site gives information about the skills that were tested.
OTHER PLACES TO FIND USEFUL INFORMATION
Type your search term into the search box
This is a table containing the breakdown of sound/letter combinations.
Type dyslexia into the search box to see the latest research.
This site deals more with the theory.
These papers are more ‘heavy-duty’ – for those interested in that level of theory.
Newer version of rrf.