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Australia schools improving

10 March 2016 by News Desk

A new official report that measures standards in education shows Australia schools improving across a range of indicators.

Australia schools improvingFor the second year running standards and quality of achievement across the country have recorded above-average scores to show Australia schools improving.

Australia schools improving: For the second year in a row 79 schools posted above-average improvements according to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.

10,000 schools across the country are monitored. The report showed widespread gains and academic improvements. Latest data on the academic performance of Australian schools revealed “signs of improvement across the country”, the national curriculum authority says.

Canberra leads the way

Canberra schools retain their position at or near the top of national academic achievement. Out of the 20 categories, ACT continues to be at the top or equal top in 19 of these.

Canberra schools have shown a significant improvement in literacy and numeracy skills among students, the report says.

Results show 23 Canberra schools have demonstrated large gains in NAPLAN results as students move between years 3-5 and years 7-9.
Local schools include both private and public schools across most regions of the ACT.

Some of the big improvers in Canberra include Richardson Primary in the public sector and Canberra Girls Grammar School in the private sector.

Tuggeranong’s Richardson Primary School has recorded one of the largest result gains in the ACT. Its biggest score was seen in numeracy, where it topped the ACT rankings, followed by spelling and persuasive writing.

But as every parent knows there is much more to a school that simply its’ national ranking. Parents are urged to spend time on researching more about schools in their chosen city or suburb.

“I would strongly encourage parents to visit a school rather than rely solely on the single dimension of NAPLAN results,” says Karen Spiller of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia.

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