High Literacy Levels As A Serious Problem Within The Secondary School

1981 Words Sep 11th, 2016 8 Pages
Below average literacy levels in secondary school are a major problem that must be solved in any learning environment. The Prestgate School report contains quantitative NAPLAN data that identifies poor literacy levels as a serious problem within the secondary school (year 7 in particular). As stated by Butterworth (2013), it is important that schools recognise issues revolving literacy levels early, as this can lead to greater problems later on. Such problems can include financial welfare, health, safety, education, income and everyday living.
Therefore the area for improvement that I have selected from the Prestgate School report is improving literacy. The data within the report suggests that this is the most substantial issue within the school and needs to be resolved as soon as possible. The data shows that levels of literacy are equally as bad in the specific areas of reading, persuasive writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation. These levels are outlined as being below the standard for similar schools and substantially below the standard of all Australian schools. The school should be aiming to give these students the best chance of succeeding in the workforce and create an even playing field in comparison to other Australian students as they leave school. By improving literacy levels, creating equity and fairness becomes an achievable goal. Addressing this issue is significant for the school because as literacy levels improve, so too will the school’s reputation…

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