The Honourable Cameron Dick
Queensland scores "A" in literacy and numeracy
Queensland has achieved its literacy and numeracy targets for 2010 and is on track to receive the state's first reward payment of $48.5 million from the Federal Government.
Acting Education Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has congratulated Queensland students and teachers on the great results in The National Partnership Agreement on Literacy and Numeracy: Performance report for 2011 released today.
"Queensland received an A in all 20 performance targets and is therefore on track to receive 100 per cent of the $48.5 million reward money," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"The results are particularly impressive given Queensland is the only state or territory to have achieved all performance targets.
"In 2010, 91.1% of Year 3 students achieved at or above minimum standards in numeracy which is well above the target of 85.9%.
"88.9% of Year 3 students were at or above minimum standards in reading, exceeding the target of 81.5%.
"These fantastic results are recognition of the hard work and dedication of students, teachers and principals across the state.
"The COAG Reform Council independently assessed the results and determined Queensland's achievement of targets based on NAPLAN results (40 per cent) and local measures (60 per cent).
"Reward funding will contribute to initiatives and projects to ensure Queensland students get the best possible education.
"The Bligh Government is committed to improving literacy and numeracy outcomes, and our goal of Queensland being among the highest performing states in the country."
279 schools were involved in the Literacy and Numeracy Partnership National Agreement in 2010.
The Queensland Catholic Education Commission and Independent Schools Queensland will receive a percentage of this year's reward funding.
The targets for 2011 will be set by the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).
Queensland could potentially attract $48.5m in reward payments next year.