The Elusive 18%: Struggling Readers in High School

By Corina Koch MacLeod

According to EQAO, 18 % of students did not pass the 2012 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. This statistic has been persistent for the past seven years.

According to the 2011 statistics, students who did not pass the OSSLT were more likely to:

  • be boys
  • be enrolled in applied courses
  • have special education needs  
  • be English language learners
They were also less likely to engage in reading and writing activities outside of school.
Teachers are doing a great  job of teaching reading and writing to OSSLT standards for 82% of students. That’s good news. However, it’s entirely possible that that elusive 18% of students will need something differentTeachers will need all the ingenuity they can muster to address these students’ needs. 

What is your school doing to address the needs of the “elusive 18”? We’d love to hear your comments and ideas.

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