ECD Conference, Tryphina Mokhine, Lorayne Excell, Laura Dison, Vivien Linington, Wits School of Education, MGSLG, 29 March 2012, Theme: Building human capital/development for the ECD Sector in South Africa
Briefing Paper 299, September 2012, socio-economic factors, poor schooling, cost,
National Conference for Teachers of English and Literacy,
Hobart, July 2009.
This paper gives an overview of international literacy assessments and discusses what can be learnt
from the information produced from these assessments to inform and assist classroom teachers and
school leaders in Australian schools. The paper identifies what is included in the concept of literacy in
the international context, as well as the difficulties involved with comparing assessment results from
diverse populations. Reference is also made to national assessments. The meaning of ‘high quality /
high equity’ education systems is addressed, as is what this means for practitioners in Australia.