One third of Austrian students face difficulties in reading
N.N., derstandard.at (6 September 2012)
An extended analysis of PISA-data presented by the European Commission reveals that 27.5 percent of Austria’s adolescents face severe difficulties in reading or are dyslexic. The number has increased during the past years from 19.3 percent (2000) to today’s 27.5 percent. Within the European Union (EU), Austria ranks third, right after Bulgaria (41 percent) and Romania (40.4 percent). In Finland, only 8.1 percent of students are categorized as students with insufficient reading skills, according to the PISA data.
Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner of the EU, emphasizes that the ministers of the EU decided to reduce the number of 15-year-old students with poor reading skills from 20 percent to 15 percent by 2020. They advise national states to invest in the education of the students’ reading competences, especially because of its economic benefit.
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