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High Level Group on Literacy (E02538)
This group no longer exists
Policy Area:
Lead DG:
EAC - DG Education and Culture
Informal, Temporary
To examine the most effective and efficient ways to support reading literacy in the course of lifelong learning, to identify common success factors of literacy programmes and policy initiatives and to make proposals on how to improve levels of reading literacy in the Member States, among both school students and adults. The work of the High Level Group on Literacy should give visibility and importance to literacy acquisition as part of the key competences for the knowledge society, and should help analysing evidence and mainstreaming the existing good policy practices in a more consistent and systematic way. The group should make succinct proposals to the Commission on ways to improve literacy levels in Member States. The work of the group should reflect the changing nature of reading literacy requirements in the 21st century. There is a vast amount of knowledge and research on literacy but the challenge is to translate all this knowledge into effective policies. The High Level Group (HLG) should : • Analyse existing research, studies and international reports on reading literacy focused on the issues outlined below; • Examine (through among others an analysis of existing and evaluated programmes and policy initiatives, and through hearings and expert discussions) the most effective and efficient ways of supporting reading literacy in the course of lifelong learning: during pre-school and school education and in the context of adult learning programmes; • Identify common success factors of literacy programmes (such as UK's Basic Skills programme, the EU-funded ADORE-project); examine policy examples from countries in which literacy levels are high among young people and adults; and, examine what policy measures have been taken by countries that have been able to improve their performance during successive rounds of the OECD's PISA report which measures literacy skills of students aged 15; • Translate these common success factors into policy proposals in a succinct report.
Assist the Commission in the preparation of legislative proposals and policy initiatives
Publication in RegExp:
31 Jan 2011
Last updated:
10 Feb 2014
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