The literacy program that New South Wales wants to keep secret

Filling the pail

Dr Sally Howell is a long-standing advocate for children at risk of reading difficulties. She is Principal of the MUSEC school; a school for children with special educational needs. As a part of Macquarie University, the school conducts ethical research into the efficacy of different instructional strategies; research that is likely to be just as valuable to educators outside of the special school environment.

New South Wales has developed a literacy program known as ‘L3′. This program is intended for government schools and was developed using taxpayers’ money. There are hints that it is related to Reading Recovery in some way. This would be significant because a report by the state’s Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation has revealed Reading Recovery as an ineffective intervention.

In 2011, the Ministerial Advisory Group Literacy and Numeracy (MAGLN) recommended that: “High quality, rigorous and independent evaluation of literacy and numeracy interventions…

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