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As for Americans in their early 20s, the National Assessment of Education Progress found in 1985 that 6 percent could not read as well as the average 4th grader and 20 percent could not read as well as an 8th grader ("20% of Young Americans," 1986). Therefore, it seems reasonable to assume that a significant number of parents in these school programs for educationally disadvantaged children are unable to read the communications sent to them by the schools.

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