Callide, Dawson schools hit mark

ALL high schools across the Callide, Dawson and Monto districts have chalked up good results with a high number of students above minimum standards in national numeracy and literacy tests.

Year nine students from all over Australia completed the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests and the results were recently released.

Taroom school's acting principal, Kelly Newton, said she was very pleased with the school's results, which showed more than 85% of students were above minimum standards in all areas: reading, spelling, writing, grammar and punctuation; and numeracy.

“The teachers' efforts with the student preparation must be congratulated,” Mrs Newton said.

“Many of the NAPLAN testing strategies and format of questioning have been implemented into our daily routines in literacy and numeracy, so the students were confident in their ability to comprehend what was actually being asked and were familiar with the content and strategies being tested,” she said.

Baralaba parent Ellen Everingham was far from a supporter of the NAPLAN tests.

“I still think that individual results are more important than the school ones, and realistically the child can only do the best they can,” she said.

Owing to the small number of year nine students at Baralaba State School, the year nine results were not released in order to protect students' privacy.

Theodore and Moura state schools had the lowest results, but all percentages were 70% or better.

Reading was determined to be students' weakest skill, with none of the local schools recording 90% of students above the minimum standard.

Writing was also weak across the board, with Monto dipping to 63%, but meeting the standard.

Mathematics was shown to be one area of strength, but grammar and punctuation were shown to be down the list.

Banana resident Libby Homer said all other students across Australia were at least one year older than Queensland students who sat this test.

“No matter how often this is pointed out, no one seems to do anything about it,” Ms Homer said.

“Also, the ACER tests that they sit at school (primary) are tested across Australia on a year level so the students once again are a year younger.

“So in fact if we do well we should be extremely proud of our children,” she said.

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