Australia jumps up world rankings in reading

Australia jumps up world rankings in reading

Australia has lifted its results in the Progress in International Reading Study and now ranks number 21 out of 50 countries.

Cognitive Science's Distinguished Professor Anne Castles from Macquarie university, along with Dr Sue Thomson (Deputy CEO, Australian Centre for Educational Research), Simon Birmingham (Federal Education Minister) and Dr Robyn Cox (Primary English Teachers Association of Australia) feature in this ABC report covering these new results. 

High performing students have led the turnaround, but struggling readers have not improved.

That's added to calls for a UK-style phonics check to be adopted in Australia.

The story has since been published across Australian media:

  • Education experts are pleased Aussie students have improved in international reading rankings. Triple J, Sydney. 5 December 2107. 
  • The reading ability of Australian students has improved. ABC News Perth. 5 December 2017.
  • Australia's world literacy ranking has increased to 14th worldwide in terms of reading. ABC News Sydney, Evenings with The Business. 5 December 2017.
  • Australia has lifted its world ranking in reading for the first time in a decade. ABC News Brisbane. 5 December 2017.
  • Australia has moved from 27th to 21st in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study. ABC News Sydney. 5 December 2017.
  • Australia's world literacy ranking has increased to 14th worldwide in terms of reading. ABC News, Sydney, News Breakfast. 5 December 2017.
  • Australia has been ranked 21 out of 50 countries in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study. ABC Radio Adelaide. 5 December 2017. 
  • Education experts are pleased Australian students improved in international reading. ABC Radio Sydney. 5 December 2017. 
  • Australia has ranked 21 out of 50 countries in the Progress and International Reading Study. ABC Radio Melbourne. 5 December 2017.

Great work Anne!

Content owner: Department of Cognitive Science Last updated: 08 Dec 2017 10:03am

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