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At the present time there is much attention being given to the requirement that high school seniors must demonstrate a certain level of proficiency in basic skills before they are allowed to be graduated. Some articles which have appeared in various popular journals indicate that there may be over 25,000,000 functionally illiterate adults in this country. To the embarrassment of school officials, many of these persons possess high school diplomas and have made satisfactory grades in English, History, and other content subjects where reading skills are a necessary part of course activity.

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