44% of Australian adults struggle with illiteracy.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics surveyed the literacy levels of adult Australians and found that 44% of adults do not have “the literacy to cope with the increasing and complex demands of modern life and work”.
75% of Businesses affected
A survey by the Australian Industry Group, carried out as part of their National Workforce Literacy Project, found that more that 75% of employers reported that their business was affected by low levels of literacy and numeracy.
How the ABS measured literacy The modern definition of literacy – is a level of reading ability to perform everyday tasks, such as “read a bus timetable, use a tape measure, read the directions on a medicine bottle, or read a newspaper”.
The focus was on correct comprehension – not whether individual words can be read in isolation, but whether the adults could correctly answer questions about the meaning of a paragraph of text.
Together, Band 1 & 2 adults represent nearly half of the Australian workforce.
Causes of reading problems. The research tells us that the main cause of reading problems is the “inability to independently decode text”, generally caused by sight reading. Deep Red provides tailored reading and numeracy programs for specific Industries which use Fantastic Phonics to teach decoding. (see more)