Department of Education Media Release
Secretary, Department of Education
1 April 2014
North-West Tasmanian students who have excelled in literacy and numeracy have been recognised at a ceremony at the Penguin District School Community Learning Centre today.
Department of Education Secretary, Colin Pettit, today congratulated students who were presented with certificates as the top performing students in the North West in the 2013 NAPLAN tests.
“59 students from Grades 3, 5, 7 and 9 in 48 North-West Tasmanian schools received awards,” Mr Pettit said.
“19 students were awarded certificates for being in the top one per cent in the 2013 literacy and numeracy monitoring tests, and a further 53 students were awarded certificates for being top of their school in NAPLAN testing.
“13 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.
“While NAPLAN testing is primarily used as a diagnostic tool for teachers and schools, it is still important we recognise our students that do very well in these tests, just as we recognise students that do well in other areas of the curriculum and school life.
“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 is now in its second year.