Papers & Workshops



We Don't Need to Leave Them Behind: Rapid Improvement of Literacy at High School.

Dr Robert Jackson
, Centre for Disability Research and Development, Edith Cowan University
Darrell Wills and Daniella Haglich PLEDG, and
Judy Jackson
Kelmscott Senior High School, Western Australia
At Kelmscott Senior High School in Perth, the reading comprehension of all beginning students is assessed and the lowest 20% are placed in English classes using a comprehensive literacy development program. Assessments over three years indicate that some children have a reading comprehension as low as grade 1 and the majority that enter the high school are reading below grade level. Data are presented on the results of the first two years of intervention and early results from the current year. The results show consistent increases in learning rate with students starting more than 3 years behind able to achieve grade level in one year. Reports from students, parents and teachers all indicate that the impact of the program has extended beyond literacy with changes to self esteem and performance in other subjects. The implementation of the program and elements considered central to its success are described.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000

Equipment: Overhead Projector