Literacy issues in Australia
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.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: University of Western Sydney Nepean, Australia 2: Sydney, Australia
Publication date: October 1, 1997