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    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Queensland on the right track to boost literacy and numeracy results

    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Friday, September 11, 2009

    Queensland on the right track to boost literacy and numeracy results

    Efforts to boost Queensland’s literacy and numeracy results have had a positive impact, Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson said today.

    Mr Wilson praised the work of teachers and students after today’s release of the 2009 NAPLAN results showed the state had made an encouraging start.

    “The number of Qld students at or above the national benchmark has increased in 17 out of 20 areas tested,” Mr Wilson said.

    “Last year about 8 out of 10 of our students were at or above national benchmarks - this year it’s about 9 out of 10.

    “We are also ranked sixth this year, compared to seventh in 2008.

    “Queensland is catching up.

    “We've improved on our own results more than the two leading states have, and reduced the gap between us and them.

    “This is despite the fact that our students are nine months younger and have had one year less of school.

    “This is an encouraging start. It confirms we’re heading in the right direction.

    “We’ve still got along way to go, but we have a plan to get there.

    “Our teachers, principals and parents deserve a pat on the back for their efforts to help our kids improve - especially when they had just three and a half months after the interim recommendations of the Masters Review to prepare for the test.”

    Mr Wilson said the Government would continue to work with schools and parents on the long term goal to lift results.

    “We know it won't happen over night, but this year's results tell us we are on the right track,” he said.

    “We’ve got a package of reforms including Summer Schools, Turnaround Teams, school audits, extra professional development for teachers, curriculum advisors and mandated teaching times all rolling out from the end of this year and the start of next.

    “We’re tackling this issue from all angles – improving teaching, supporting students, setting high expectations and reforming the system as a whole.”


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