Schools taking part in new strategies to improve literacy and numeracy have increased the number of students achieving at or above national minimum standards at a greater rate than other schools according to a new analysis.
The analysis, based on data published on the My School website, found schools taking part in the National Partnerships on Literacy and Numeracy and Low SES Schools had seen a boost in their overall results.
Prime Minister, Julia Gillard welcomed the results saying schools taking part in the Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership were more successful in reducing the percentage of students at or below the minimum standards when compared to all schools in Australia across all years and subjects.
Ms Gillard said more than 50 per cent of the schools taking part in the Low SES School Communities National Partnership also improved their mean scores in Year 3 Reading, Year 5 Reading and Year 5 Numeracy.
“These partnerships are targeted at schools that face significant education challenges, or that are starting from a lower base than other schools,” Ms Gillard said.
“The rate of improvement shown since 2008 is a remarkable result and demonstrates what can be achieved with extra resources, school improvement strategies and dedicated teaching staff.
“The results for all schools taking part in the National Partnerships are available for all the community to see on the My School site, which is continuing to shine a spotlight on student and school performance.”
She said the website had been updated with five years of NAPLAN data and three years of finance data now available.
“This latest update to the website will help us continue to learn what is working in our schools and where we need to direct our attention and resources,” she said.
“It provides parents, teacher and the community with more information about schools than ever before.
“The 2013 update also includes more details on Vocational Education and Training (VET) in schools, including information on enrolment and qualifications students are achieving.”
The My School website can be accessed at this PS News link.
Edition 353, 19 March 2013