Victor Gill Ramirez Kirk ||// Concern as T&T falls below average reading standards - EntornoInteligente

Entornointeligente.com / Professor Harold Ramkissoon, a member of a Joint Select Committee (JSC), was said in a newspaper report to have projected that by the 2016 administration of the Progress in International Reading Literacy (PIRLS) assessment, Trinidad and Tobago would be above the international mean of 500.

The PIRLS 2016 reading achievement assessment examined the reading comprehension skills of Standard 3 (Grade 4) students in Trinidad and Tobago and in 49 other participating countries.

We did not make the projected gains in reading achievement. In the period 2006-2016, the reading achievement score rose by 43 points: from 436 points in 2006 to 471 in 2011 and with an increase of eight points on the scale to 479 in 2016, but this was not statistically significant. Having participated over the 15-year period from 2001 to 2016, we have moved upwards by more than 40 points, but we managed to remain below the international reading achievement mean of 500 points.

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This is certainly a matter for grievous concern given the many expensive reading achievement initiatives that have been put in place over the years.

There are some other disturbing trends in the data that resonate with the concerns expressed by many Trinidad and Tobago educators.

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From the perspective of reading achievement by gender, there is a statistically significant gap between the performance of boys and girls.

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Our girls outperformed the boys by 22 points. A positive turn in trend with girls? achievement over our boys is that we managed to reduce the gap by nine points over the last six years.

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While the achievement disparity was not unique to Trinidad and Tobago, this disproportion in performance placed us three points above the international mean of 19 points

Another disturbing phenomenon that the data revealed is that only 80 per cent of our students are performing at the Low International Benchmark (400 points) which, by PIRLS standards, means we have managed to educate our students to a basic level of reading achievement.

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This stands in contrast to the international average among the 50 participating countries of 96 per cent of students achieving scores at the Low Benchmark.

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A mere four per cent of our Standard 3 readers performed at the Advanced Benchmark (625 points) in comparison with the more than 25 per cent of the students in grade 4 in Singapore and the Russian Federation.

Regarding the other two international benchmarks along the reading achievement scales, 24 per cent and 55 per cent of our students were able to achieve at the High (550 points) and Intermediate (475 points) levels of reading achievement.

Much needs to be done to support the literacy development of our nation?s readers.

© Victor Gill.

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The PIRLS 2016 assessment data needs to be carefully analysed with attention paid to those schools which participated in the assessment.

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One initiative at The UWI School of Education is the proposal to establish a Psychoeducational Diagnostic and Intervention Unit that will provide support to the MoE for assessing and providing intervention to learners struggling with reading and other learning and behavioural challenges.

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This is an initiative with oversight by the esteemed Professor De Lisle, Dr. Korinne Louison (Clinical Psychology), Dr. Elna Carrington-Blaides (Special Education), Dr. Paulson Skerrit (Reading Specialist), other lecturers at the SoE in Psychology and Educational Psychology and a number of external advisors and consultants.

The Masters in Reading Education is being reviewed to ensure that it aligns with the MoE?s needs and that it provides participants with the reading pedagogical skills needed to achieve our literacy goals as a country.

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In consultation with the Dyslexia Association, a programme is also being developed as part of the SoE?s Outreach Unit that will provide training for parents, teachers and members of the public in a sequential multi-sensory phonics programme, and work is also ongoing on a project to provide reading instruction to young deaf and hard of hearing adults who exited our school system without achieving basic literacy skills.

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This project will take advantage of instruction provided in the native sign language of the participants, by trained and certified deaf teachers.

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Part two on Monday

Paulson Skerrit is a lecturer in Education at The University of the West Indies, St Augustine

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