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Teaching the NAPLAN test like nobody’s business!

By johnboy - 13 September 2013 8

Joy Burch is celebrating sterling results by the ACT’s children:

ACT Minister for Education and Training welcomed the report by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), which conducts the national testing, which shows that mean scores of ACT students were top or equal top across 17 of the 20 areas tested, relative to other jurisdictions.

The report also shows the ACT continues to excel in reading and has been the highest performing jurisdiction in Australia every year since 2008 and significantly ahead of the national mean.

Ms Burch said the ACT has ranked first or equal first for grammar, punctuation and numeracy in NAPLAN testing across all year levels since 2009.

Might have something to do with the parents in the ACT too.

Maybe.

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8 Responses to
Teaching the NAPLAN test like nobody’s business!
switch 9:19 am 14 Sep 13

LSWCHP said :

pink little birdie said :

Might also have something to do with the ability of schools to set their own content. Canberra’s schools as a system are closest to the much vaulted Finnish system and the “independant” public schools that are apparently all the rage now.

Vaunted? Independent?

Maybe we need a vault to hold those with speling(*) difficulties.

* Please be aware that is a deliberately ironic spelling error in a post about spelling errors. Please do not flame me.

Hey LSWCHP, you spelt spelling wrong!

LSWCHP 10:24 pm 13 Sep 13

pink little birdie said :

Might also have something to do with the ability of schools to set their own content. Canberra’s schools as a system are closest to the much vaulted Finnish system and the “independant” public schools that are apparently all the rage now.

Vaunted? Independent?

Maybe we need a vault to hold those with speling(*) difficulties.

* Please be aware that is a deliberately ironic spelling error in a post about spelling errors. Please do not flame me.

Gerry-Built 8:04 pm 13 Sep 13

Nice of Ms Burch to at least mention the teachers of the ACT, because they MIGHT have had a little to do with the “pleasing results”, too…

annus_horribilis 7:48 pm 13 Sep 13

Also, being such a small area with a higher median income helps. And we have a higher percentage in private schools.

pink little birdie 5:10 pm 13 Sep 13

Might also have something to do with the ability of schools to set their own content. Canberra’s schools as a system are closest to the much vaulted Finnish system and the “independant” public schools that are apparently all the rage now.

switch 1:46 pm 13 Sep 13

You mean like the correct use of less/fewer, lose/loose, British/American spelling we regularly see on Riotact…

magiccar9 1:23 pm 13 Sep 13

Ms Burch said the ACT has ranked first or equal first for grammar, punctuation and numeracy in NAPLAN testing across all year levels since 2009.
Perhaps they should teach this to their Public Servants too. The number of releases I have read out of Government offices – to be fair some are Federal – that are littered with major spelling and grammar errors makes me wonder where the skills go once leaving school.

housebound 1:10 pm 13 Sep 13

Meanwhile, this is the official word from Naplan:
The ACT Education and Training Directorate has been advised by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) that there will be a delay in the provision of individual student NAPLAN reports for parents. An error has been made in the representation of the national average in the reports for Years 5 and 7 Language Conventions. ACARA is working to rectify the issue and minimise delays in student report distribution.

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