Award for NAPLAN top score a surprise

TEN-year-old Amy Fleming never expected to receive the top NAPLAN results at her school, nor to score in the top 1 per cent of the state.

But the St Helens District High School pupil was yesterday one of 82 students from across the North to be congratulated on their outstanding 2013 NAPLAN literacy and numeracy results at a ceremony at Ravenswood Heights Primary School.

Students complete the NAPLAN tests in grades 3, 5, 7, and 9.

Amy completed the grade 3 test last year and said it felt good to be recognised.

She was one of 54 students to be awarded the top 1 per cent of students certificate and one of 52 to be awarded for being top of their school.

Almost 30 students like Amy received both the top of school and top 1 per cent award.

Department of Education secretary Colin Pettit congratulated all award recipients.

``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,'' he said.

``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.''

He said teachers and school leaders deserved credit for the results and thanked them for their commitment and dedication to helping students reach their full potential.

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