01/22/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Australia: Illiteracy Rate Among Aboriginal Children Higher Than Expected

THE rate of illiteracy among Aboriginal children has been underestimated, with the first uniform national literacy tests showing the proportion of indigenous eight-year-olds unable to read is significantly higher than previously thought.

A detailed report of the National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy, released by education ministers, shows about one in three indigenous students in Year 3 failed to meet a minimum standard in reading.

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