December 11, 2012 - Canada’s elementary-school students are among the world’s stronger readers. Nine Canadian provinces took part in the third Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), which looks at reading achievement by Grade 4 students every five years. By most measures, Canada’s students came in well ahead of the global average: 13 per cent reached the highest level of reading, compared with an international average of 8 per cent, and the country has few low achievers. Canadian parents appear to be doing their part, registering the sixth highest level of involvement with their children in a range of literacy activities. One of the most encouraging findings is that in Canada socioeconomic status has less of an impact on reading success than almost anywhere else.
The full news article is available on The Globe and Mail website.