Reading tests for 16-year-olds are based on taking the average performance to indicate a reading age of 16 years. As such, half of all 16-year- olds will perform below this average, and half above. Citing the number of below average readers is a simple way to rubbish standards, when one could just as easily claim the large number of above average readers implies high standards. What really matters is quality of performance. Research here shows no drop in standards.
Department of Educational Studies
University of York
Heslington, North Yorkshire
11 MayReuse content