Time to take a serious look at our literacy – NZ Herald

Time to take a serious look at our literacy – NZ Herald

The news that our children’s reading abilities are slipping should be a wake-up call.
For the first time in 15 years, not only have we been overtaken by similar countries, but our literacy levels have actually regressed.

New Zealand dropped 10 places (to 32 out of 50 countries) in the latest international Pirls reading test for 10-year-olds — putting us below the global median.

Once again, we have a large gap between the results of the rich and poor — largely characterised by the shameful “tail” of Maori and Pacific children allowed to fall behind their Pakeha peers.

By NZ Herald

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11954420