As I have said again, again & again, reading is our number one top priority and will always be. I was pleased to see so many children getting Premier’s Reading Challenge certificates on parade this week, as it shows how interested the children are in improving their own reading.
Monday (4/11/13) last week I attended this term’s MAP training for principal to improving reading outcomes in our schools and had a chance to see this year’s NAPLAN data. As I’ve previously mentioned, we had 100% of the children at or above the nation minimum standard, so I won’t share those graphs, but our mean score will provide an overall picture of our improvement in reading since NAPLAN began in 2008. Although our Year 3 reading is almost a flat line, you can see that it is the highest it has ever been and that we have improved in the last couple of years. The graphs for Years 5, 7 & 9 show a fairly consistent overall improvement, even with the Year 5s having a small dip this year. As good as the Year 9 graph is, we do need to keep in mind the small number of children in that year level will affect our results. The hugest improvement needless to say is in our Year 7s. As you can see from the Year 5s we may not always improve every year, but as long as our overall improvement since 2008 continues, then we are on the right track.
What can you do to help at home?Continue to support your children’s reading at home. Continue to encourage them to log their reading for the Principal’s Reading Challenge and to participate in the Premier’s Reading Challenge each year. Continue to make yourself aware of their STARS targets for reading and help your children reach their targets. Make sure your children understand that their reading skills are important to you, which will motivate them to continue to improve.