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article imageReport examines literacy among Canadian students

By Bob Ewing     Sep 5, 2009 in World
The Canadian Education Statistics Council's report states children who do not read well by the end of Grade 3 are at risk of dropping out or failing to graduate.
The report, Literature Review: Key factors to support literacy success in school-aged population, was prepared by principal investigator Julia O’Sullivan, Dean of the Faculty of Education at The University of Western Ontario.
The gaps in students’ opportunities to learn to read were examined and the report highlighted students who were at risk. The determinations were made by looking at how well Canadian children can read in Grade 3 or Grade 6.
Julia O’Sullivan, Dean of the Faculty of Education at The University of Western Ontario. was the principal investigator.
The University of Western Ontario media release quotes Sullivan as saying. “These students move to junior or senior high where reading is not taught and these same students are expected to read well enough to learn from textbooks in subjects ranging from science to history. Then they have to write about what they know and think. But without those reading skills, success is highly unlikely.”
She adds "Reading, or the ability to get meaning from print, is fundamental for school success for all students. It is the golden ticket that every child in this country has a right to expect. The challenge for Canada is to raise the bar and close the gap for all of our students. Every single child is entitled to learn to read, to attain that golden ticket."
As the Science Codex points out five million students will return to Canadian schools in September, however, if no improvements are made then we can expect one million to not graduate from high school.
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