Teen Boys at Record Low for Literacy

11 November 2022

Teen Boys at Record Low for Literacy

11 November 2022

Recent NAPLAN results show literacy levels for teenage boys have dropped to the lowest since national testing began.

One in nine high school boys is unable to read at a basic standard.

11.4% of boys in year 9 failed to reach the minimum reading standard. This is the worst result since 2008.

In the education sector, many commentators are speculating on the causes for these results.

Some say teaching standards have dropped. Others blame the introduction of electronic distractions, especially smartphones, social media and online gaming.

At Hartford College, our teaching staff and curriculum developers are very much alive to these concerns in the education of boys.

Our students will read great books, filled with adventure, keeping them engaged. We aim to minimise screen time and deepen our students’ enjoyment and habit of reading. Correspondingly, they will be taught to improve their writing and speaking skills.

In total, our unique curriculum is focused on the development of the whole person so that his education and love of learning are intrinsic parts of his development towards adulthood.

Contact us at info@hartfordcollege.nsw.edu.au to learn more about the books our boys will read.


Read the news article in The Australian