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State of the reading nation address

| March 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

In his 2019 State of the nation address President Cyril Ramaphosa had this to say in relation to the Basic Education Sector:
“Another critical priority is to substantially improve reading comprehension in the first years of school”
The declaration by the State President is against the backdrop of a PIRLS study released in 2016 which confirmed that 78% of learners in grade 4 cannot read for comprehension. In an article titled “The unfolding reading crisis: The new PIRLS 2016 results”, Nick Spaull makes an observation that the results of 2016 studies were not different from the 2011 study. This is in spite of numerous programmes and interventions that had been put in place to improve the dire situation in between both years.

So what could be missing – THRASS?
A researched, tested and proven methodology that works for learners of all grades and abilities including adult learners. Here is what some of the research findings conclude about THRASS:

Matthews (1998) “Special Initiative to Enhance Literacy Skills In Brigend”:
This 13-week intervention study showed a Ratio Gain of 2.5 in Spelling for Children in Year 3 and Ratio Gains in Reading
THRASS chart as classroom resource
Accuracy of 2.3 for year 3s, 2.4 for year 4s. 3.4 for year 5 and 2.4 for year 6. There were Ratio Gains in Reading Comprehension of 2.3 for year 3s.2.7 for year 4s.3.8 for year 5.4.2 for year 6s.

Boutilier and Norris (2003) “Using THRASS in Secondary Schools: Evidence for Highly Significant Improvements in literacy skills”
Concluded that THRASS resulted in significant improvements in literacy skills of secondary pupils. ‘This study showed mean Ratio Gain scores for school students (Year 8 and 9) for spelling and reading comprehension. Year 8 Spelling 1.71.Year 9 Spelling 1.93. Combined Year 8 and 9 Reading Comprehension 1.85. Combined 8 and 9 Reading accuracy 1.22. On average, 40.5% of students achieved ratio gains of 2.0 or more for spelling. Interestingly, although reading skills were not a specific target of the intervention, there were gains in both accuracy and comprehension, with 44 % of students achieving Ratio Gains for reading accuracy of 2.0 or more and 32% achieving gains of 2,0 or more for reading comprehension.
After attending a THRASS parents workshop, Leean Govender from Bradford Primary School gave the following testimony: “Was a pleasure attending the THRASS workshop at Bradford for the second time… like the first workshop, this one was insightful and helpful… This THRASS programmes outstanding. My Grade 1 son can read words and sentences that are aimed at a Grade 4 child…Truly excited about THRASS…”
Lesley Stanbridge, an intersen teacher at Woodland College in Boksburg, says that some of the benefits of THRASS include improving word attack skills to help pupils attempt the reading and spelling of new words associated with cultural subjects, and that with THRASS there is steady improvement in reading, spelling and comprehension ages on standardized tests.
Universities such as the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and North West University have embraced THRASS as a necessary ingredient in the preparation of students wanting to become teachers, and invite Next Level Learning a company that publishes THRASS resources and provides teacher training and parents workshops – to give THRASS lectures to their final year students.
Should your school not consider joining a growing community of schools who enjoy the benefits of THRASS? These schools include Holy Rosary School in Johannesburg, Crawford College in Johannesburg, St Benedict’s Catholic School for Boys in Johannesburg, Penryn College in Mpumalanga, St Mary’s School, Waverley, Johannesburg, King’s Court School in Limpopo, King Edward VII Preparatory School in Johannesburg, Hout Bay International School in Cape Town, St Martin’s School in Johannesburg, Bradford College in Johannesburg, Cliffview Primary School in Johannesburg, Livingstone Primary School in Durban, Grayston Preparatory School in Johannesburg, Micklefield School in Cape Town, Bridgeview Primary School in KwaZulu- Natal, Greenfield Girls’ Primary School in Cape Town, the Deutsche Internationale Schule Pretoria and Nova Pioneer School in Johannesburg, just to name a few?

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