Media Mentions: 31 October 2022

Dr Jennifer Buckingham is quoted in ‘Reading standards for year 9 boys at record low, NAPLAN results show” in The Sydney Morning Herald, by Lucy Carroll, 31 October 2022.

“The percentage of year 9 boys reading at the minimum standard has fallen to a record low as new testing data reveals the spelling skills of students in that grade are also declining.

Students’ 2022 national NAPLAN results were mostly stable when compared with 2021 – defying expectations of sharp falls after COVID-19 disruptions – but experts warn the rising number of boys who cannot read at a basic level just a few years before they finish school will widen the already stark gender literacy gap.”

“It’s a good news story for primary, but we are seeing far too many students in high school struggling with reading.”

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