New Test Reveals Kids' Reading Problems

readEvery third British primary school pupil does have some serious reading problem as a recent study shows.


A phonics test is a new method of checking the British kids' reading skills. It was used for the first time in 2012 and the results were striking back then. As it turned out, only 58% of the pupils tested were able to read a sequence of words correctly. In order to check the kids' reading skills thoroughly, the test included a couple of non-existing words. They were made up solely for the purpose of that study. Words like “spron” or “terg” were supposed to test children and their capability to figure out words. To receive the passing grade, children had to correctly decode 80% of words they were given.


2013 Saw Some Improvement

There is good news - the test results this year turned out a bit better than a year before. In fact, this year almost 70% of British pupils passed the test. On the other hand, there is still lots of room for improvement, since it's over 180,000 children who failed the test.


Phonics Test Not Ideal

Despite being a sort of a revolutionized approach, phonics test has also received some criticism. Teachers point to the fact that the test doesn't tell them “anything new about kids” (as Teachers' Union disclosed to the BBC - Plus to that, even though the test is supposed to point out to the children in need of learning assistance, it also creates the risk of them being labeled as dysfunctional from the very early days in their lives.


The 2013 Phonics Screening Check - Results In A Nutshell

-         69% of year 1 pupils met the expected standard of phonic decoding

-         Girls outperformed boys in terms of the percentage of pupils attaining the expected level at KS1

-         85% of pupils at the end of year 2 reached the expected standard of phonic decoding

-         KS1 assessments reveal that the percentage of schoolchildren achieving the expected level has continued to increase in all subjects.


Detailed statistics can be checked at