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NAPLAN 2015: How Fast is it Possible to Improve Literacy & Numeracy?

Posted by Peter Barnes on August 7, 2015 at 5:50 PM

Peter Barnes

The publication of Australia’s 2015 NAPLAN results has sparked a multi-sided debate about how we improve student outcomes, particularly in literacy and numeracy.

Robert Randall, head of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) said this year's NAPLAN results showed "that at a national level we are seeing little change in student achievement in these important areas of learning*" (*literacy & numeracy).

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Topics: Brain Science, Reading, Learning Capacity, Literacy, Maths, NAPLAN, For Principals

Talk to Your Children - Build Their Language & Learning Capacity

Posted by Peter Barnes on February 2, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Peter Barnes

Most parents instinctively know that talking to their babies and young children helps them develop their language.  The more words young children hear, the greater is their command of language, including vocabulary. 

Studies have shown that children with low language skills in kindergarten can fall as much as 5 years behind their classmates in reading by the time they are in high school. This leads to difficulties keeping up in school and can create lifelong problems.

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Topics: Learning Capacity, Literacy

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