The End of Illiteracy? The Holy Grail of Clackmannanshire

IN REAL TERMS, EDUCATION SPENDING in Britain has increased almost four-fold since the war, but most authorities agree that reading standards have hardly changed. According to official Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) results, 35% of 11 year-olds have poor literacy skills – and the University of Manchester reported that English SATs were “inaccurate, misleading, and exaggerated reading ability”.

Tom Burkard - Wednesday, 27th October, 1999