HC Deb 16 January 1964 vol 687 c57W
Miss Quennell

asked the Minister of Education what proportion of children entering secondary schools have a reading age of less than nine years.

Sir E. Boyle

The term "reading age" denotes an average standard which has been rising continuously since the Ministry surveys began in 1948. By the standard of 1948 the current proportion of pupils entering secondary schools with a reading age of less than 9 years is 7 per cent.; by today's standard the proportion is 15 per cent.