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    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson


    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Saturday, August 08, 2009


    The Bligh Government has released a statewide compilation of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2008 results for Queensland schools.

    Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson said the data would be available today in a new format on the Queensland Studies Authority website.

    “The Bligh Government supports the proactive release of this data, it reflects our commitment to openness and transparency,” Mr Wilson said.

    “This information is already available on individual Queensland schools’ websites.

    “The new format will help parents to see where their school sits in relation to the National results.

    “This data should also be considered in the context of the each school's local community. For example, the school size, geographic location and socio-economic background are all factors that we know influence educational outcomes.”

    Mr Wilson said that it was important to remember that NAPLAN results were just one aspect of what makes up a school.

    “The NAPLAN results provide ‘snapshots’ which are useful at classroom level for teachers to see how their students have performed against their Queensland and interstate peers, and as a tool to help individual students,” Mr Wilson said.

    “It is also part of our plan to identify strategies for improvement and to highlight the areas of greatest need,” Mr Wilson.

    “After the release of disappointing NAPLAN test results in September 2008 the Premier engaged Professor Geoff Masters of the Australian Council for Education Research to review curriculum and educational standards for Queensland primary school students.

    “The Government has accepted Professor Masters’ recommendations and is working to improve literacy and numeracy in Queensland schools.”

    Mr Wilson said that this year’s budget provided major investments in literacy and numeracy, including $72.3 million over three years for a new Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan, which targets students who are not meeting national standards.

    Mr Wilson said that the government had committed to providing 80 literacy and numeracy coaches, 100 extra science teachers and 15 “Science Sparks’ trainers in the 2009/10 budget.

    “We will also establish the $3.6 million Queensland Education Leadership Institute (QELI) to provide school leaders with the skills and training they need to help drive these major reforms,” he said.

    “The Government is also implementing a three-year $8.7 million pilot program, Every Child Counts, in 12 Logan schools, trialling approaches to improve educational outcomes.”

    The NAPLAN 2008 test results for years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are available on the Queensland Studies Authority website at and can be found on individual school websites.

    Media contact:    Emma Parnell 0418 758 579