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Literacy issues in Australia

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Premature release of nationwide testing results among 14 year-olds has been used by the conservative govenment in Australia to blame schools for a decline in literacy standards and to repeat the tactics of Thatcher in using such results to justify diversion of funding to private schools. Moreover, the tests themselves, based on a multiple-choice format, reflect a very basic view of what counts as literacy’, which is reinforced by the essential nature of the marking process.

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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Western Sydney Nepean, Australia 2: Sydney, Australia

Publication date: October 1, 1997

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