Headlines: July 7th, 2000

The National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies, which are key elements of the education reforms, have been described as one of the most comprehensive education reform programmes in the world. The report was written by a research team from the University of Toronto and is the first of a series of annual evaluations to monitor the progress of the strategies.The researchers found the government’s focus on education has been widely accepted and endorsed by both the public and teachers. The Literacy Hour and the daily maths lesson have gained widespread support. In comparison with other efforts at large scale reform across developed nations, the strategies are amongst the most comprehensive and fully developed.

The findings also show that the strategies are impressive reform levers that have considerable potential to establish an infrastructure for lasting change. The evidence to date seems to indicate modest but significant gains being made in literacy and numeracy across the country.