Secretary, Department of Education
25 March 2014
Northern Tasmanian students who have excelled in literacy and numeracy have been recognised at a ceremony in Launceston today.
Department of Education Secretary, Colin Pettit, today congratulated students who were presented with certificates as the top performing Northern students in the 2013 NAPLAN tests.
“82 students from Grades 3, 5, 7 and 9 in 51 Northern Tasmanian schools received awards,” Mr Pettit said.
“54 students were awarded certificates for being in the top one per cent of students state-wide in the 2013 literacy and numeracy monitoring tests and a further 52 students were awarded certificates for being top of their school in NAPLAN testing.
“27 of these students received two awards for being both in the top one per cent state-wide and the top student in their school.
“Strong literacy and numeracy skills are the building blocks for all learning and provide a strong foundation for future success.
“Improving our literacy and numeracy rates is a key priority for the State Government and the 2013 NAPLAN results showed that Tasmanian students have consolidated their progress in the number of students achieving national minimum standards.
“Over the last two years there has been an enormous effort at a system and school level to improve the literacy and numeracy outcomes of Tasmanian students and results show those efforts are making a difference.
“While there is still work to do in this area, today’s event is a chance to
publicly recognise the achievements of students who are already excelling in literacy and numeracy.
“I’d like to congratulate them all for their outstanding results.
“Teachers and school leaders also deserve credit for these results and I’d like to thank them for their commitment and dedication in helping students to reach their full potential,” Mr Pettit said.
The awards ceremony, now in its seventh year, was held at Ravenswood Primary School.