Star of the Sea Catholic School in Gladstone Year 5 students who participated in the NAPLAN tests.
Star of the Sea Catholic School in Gladstone Year 5 students who participated in the NAPLAN tests. File

Small schools improve in NAPLAN

SCHOOLS across the Gladstone region have been anxiously awaiting the results of the 2010 NAPLAN tests.

The results were released this week with schools across the area showing some significant improvements.

Smaller schools such as Benaraby State School had great improvements over all areas with a jump from 369 in the field of writing for 2009 to 430 in 2010.

Many schools were consistent with their scores such as Biloela Primary School which remained around the 300 marks consistently for both the 2009 and 2010 years.

Other schools worth mentioning include Clinton State School which jumped nearly 50 points in all sectors of their grade 3 results from 2009 to 2010.

Students from grades 3, 5, 7 and 9 were tested in five categories including reading, writing, spelling, numeracy, and grammar and punctuation.

Queensland year 3 students had one of the biggest improvements with significant growth in all areas bar spelling.

Although Queensland is continuing to improve it is still lacking and has one of the lowest proportions of students meeting the minimum standards.

Queensland Minister for Education Geoff Wilson is happy with the improvements but acknowledges there is much to do.

“Queensland is striving to be the best so we are not going to be happy until we are the best,” Mr Wilson said.

To check out this year's NAPLAN results and previous years you can head to www.qsa.qld.edu.au and see how your school fared.



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