Heights of success at Ravenswood

RAVENSWOOD Heights Primary School has shown how schools can improve students' results, according to a national report released yesterday.

The Grattan Institute's Turning around schools: it can be done report identifies five steps to improving school results within three to five years.

The steps involve a strong school culture, engaging parents and the local community, strong leadership that raises expectations, effective teaching and using tests to target teaching.

The study found Ravenswood Heights Primary was able to achieve above the Tasmanian average in grade 3 numeracy results last year - a result on par with the Australian mean score.

Grattan Institute school education program director Ben Jensen said governments were central to realising improvements and needed to reinforce the five points with evaluation and accountability processes.

"If school turnaround is done well, it will make a huge dent in inequality and enrich the lives of students who need it the most," Dr Jensen said.

"Governments need to find a way to commit all parties - government, the education sector and schools - to lasting change."

Education Minister Brian Wightman said strategies delivered at Ravenswood were already being introduced across the state and were reflected in the 2013 NAPLAN report.

"We are seeing the results of this work in all Tasmanian schools," Mr Wightman said.

"While we recognise there is still work to do, we should also acknowledge what is already being achieved with Tasmania improving by a greater margin than the rest of Australia, on average, across all NAPLAN measures."

Ravenswood Heights Primary, Holroyd High in Sydney, Melbourne's Sunshine Secondary College and Perth's Ellenbrook Primary were used for the report.


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