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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh
    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Top 20 schools named most improved in literacy and numeracy

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Monday, September 14, 2009

    Top 20 schools named most improved in literacy and numeracy

    Premier Anna Bligh today congratulated Queensland’s top 20 most improved primary and high schools in national literacy and numeracy tests.

    “These are the schools where student results have shown the greatest gain on last year,” she said.

    “The teachers, principals and students have clearly worked hard and that can be seen in their achievements and I congratulate them on a top effort.

    “These 20 primary schools and 20 high schools have shown the biggest increase in the number of students performing at or above national benchmarks compared to last year.”

    “Some of the improvements are truly outstanding – for example Miles State High School now has 97 per cent of students performing at or above national Benchmarks compared to 67 per cent last year in grammar and punctuation.

    “Yarrabah State School has gone from 17.5 per cent of students performing at or above Year 3 writing national benchmarks in 2008, to an amazing 61.3 per cent – a lift of 43.8 per cent.”

    Ms Bligh said even outside the top 20 there were amazing examples of schools making huge improvements in some areas.

    Ms Bligh said parents would be able to see how their child’s school fared from 6pm tonight, with the release of school-by-school results for the 2009 NAPLAN tests.

    “We want to ensure parents have access to the most detailed and useful information about their child’s school,” she said.

    “From tonight they will be able to log on to the internet and see how well each school did in national literacy and numeracy tests and they will also today receive a report card outlining how their child fared in the tests.”

    Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson said the improvement in Queensland’s overall results this year was an encouraging start.

    “We know we still have a long way to go, but this year’s results show that we’re heading in the right direction,” he said.

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

    “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.”

    Media contact: Minister Wilson’s office: Jo Crompton 3237 1000

    September 14, 2009