NSW schools the best

YEAR five Banora Point Primary School students Riley Watkins, Gabriella Caldicott, Moesha Johnson are just some of the thousands of children around the Tweed eager to see the results of the first-ever nationwide literacy and numeracy tests.

The tests were held earlier in the year and quizzed more than 350,000 students at over 3000 schools state wide on their reading, writing, grammar and punctuation, spelling and numeracy abilities.

Despite reports that NSW was one of the strongest performing states, these three won't be finding out their%results until later today when the school sends the individual student reports home to all parents and carers.

"I'm really excited to open it," Gabriella said. "I want to see how I went."

Individual student reports were first released on Monday. Results for the nationwide tests were released last week, with exceptionally strong marks from NSW schools.

A NSW education spokesman said the state showed some of the strongest results.

"The results for NSW are exceptionally strong," the spokesman said.

"Students, teachers, principals and parents should take real comfort from the fact that the strong NSW curriculum focus on literacy and numeracy has translated through to great results."

Banora Point Primary School principal Terry Winmill said the school was impressed with its overall results.

"We are pleased with the way the entire school performed. We're as good as we have been these past years," he said.

Mr Winmill said the report will also benefit the school's teachers.

"It gives us a chance to evaluate teachers individually," he said.

"Students should also be pleased to find out their strengths and weaknesses so they can improve."

Compared with the rest of Australia, NSW ranked first for spelling in years 3, 5 and 7. Year 9 ranked second.

Year 3 students ranked number one for their writing skills and year 5 and 9 students ranked second for numeracy.

NSW also had one of the lowest proportions of students who are not reaching the minimum standard for literacy and numeracy.

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