Nearly 1 in 5 Australian students starts secondary school at or below minimum standards for literacy or numeracy.
This puts them at least 3 years behind their peers. Students struggling with literacy and numeracy are more likely to:
- disengage from school
- leave before the end of Year 12
- have worse health and employment outcomes post-school.
The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO)’s Implementing Effective Tiered Interventions in Secondary Schools project aims to use research to help schools and school systems support students struggling with literacy and numeracy.
While tiered intervention frameworks can be used to support a range of student needs, including behaviour and wellbeing, AERO is currently focusing on how a multi-tiered system of supports can be implemented to support literacy and numeracy in Australian secondary schools due to the lack of existing guidance in this area.
To find out how schools can help these students catch up, check out our article by AERO researchers Dr Zid Mancenido and Dan Carr, and Monash University's Dr Kate de Bruin.