Far North indigenous schools get top marks
INDIGENOUS school students in the Far North are bucking a national trend to lead the way in numeracy and literacy results, according to a new study on educational outcomes.
The Indigenous Education 2012 report, released yesterday, found Queensland was one of only two states making progress towards meeting the target to halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy between indigenous and non-indigenous students by 2018.
The report used the Cape York academies at Aurukun, Coen and Hope Vale as examples where successful outcomes were being achieved.
The academies, jointly run by the Department of Education and Cape York Partnerships, follow the direct instruction teaching method designed to improve literacy and numeracy levels.
"For the students attending these academies, a firm line has been drawn. From their first day at school, the students are on track to learn to read, write and count," the report said.
Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy chief executive officer Danielle Toon said students spent four hours each day on numeracy and literacy. She said there was a strong focus on targeting the needs of each student.
"When we started we had 14-year-olds who couldn't write their name but we started right from scratch and built up their confidence," she said.
"If a child is starting to slip behind we instruct staff to spend an extra five minutes a day with them."
Cape York Partnerships spokesman Lew Griffiths said the results were testimony to the teaching model at the three schools.
"It works because it individually treats each child with the level of their own comprehension and it makes sure they don't get left behind," he said.
The report, by the Centre for Independent Studies, found Queensland’s 49,000 indigenous students scored the best NAPLAN results of any indigenous students in the country.
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School success: Far North indigenous schools are leading in literacy and numeracy results.