MONET – Teenage reading skills

The ability to understand and process information should be fostered. Swiss competitiveness should also be maintained and promoted

People with no or poor reading comprehension skills encounter greater difficulties in their everyday and professional life and have a harder time adapting constructively to changes taking place in society. Education ensures that the economy is both innovative and competitive.

Teenage reading skills are improving
  • The percentage of 15 year olds able to perform basic to challenging reading tasks (competence levels 2 to 6) increased between 2000 and 2012.
  • In 2015, 80% of young people were able to read and understand basic to challenging texts (competence levels 2 to 6).
  • 6,5% could neither identify the main idea of a text they read nor recall specific details (competence level <1 and 1b).
  • In international comparison, Switzerland is in the middle range of OECD countries in terms of the percentage of pupils achieving at least competence level 2 in reading.



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