PISA reading test results (2009) for Australia show the gap is widening between higher socio-economic status readers and lower ones. The gap is the equivalent of three years of schooling.
What would help overcome this gap?
Books, books and more books! As Professor Stephen Krashen has found over many years of research and study, “It has been firmly established that more reading leads to better reading (and writing, spelling, vocabulary and grammar), and that more access to books results in more reading” (Krashen, Lee and McQuillan, 2010). The most fiscally responsible way to provide these books is through public and school libraries.
A school library in Auckland, NZ, integrated into the reading and learning program: