Literacy scores continue to increase (08/12/30)

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Dec. 30, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Grade Seven literacy scores have increased again, according to recent reading and writing tests of anglophone students.

"I am pleased with the steady gains our students are making," said Minister of Education Kelly Lamrock. "The province, districts and teachers have collectively said literacy is important. We've put the resources and the focus on it, and the results are showing."

The 2008 literacy assessment was given to seventh graders earlier this fall. The goal is for 85 per cent of students to achieve or exceed appropriate levels of achievement.

The biggest gain was in writing skills - a five per cent increase over 2007-08 figures. Of the more than 6,000 seventh graders who wrote the test, 52 per cent met or exceeded the appropriate achievement level, compared to 47 per cent last year.

There was a two percent gain in reading, with 67 per cent meeting or exceeding the appropriate achievement level, compared to 65 per cent the previous year.

Standards and expectations for literacy have been raised during the past two years, with investments made in literacy mentors, professional development for teachers, and using data and assessment to make informed decisions.


MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Kilfoil, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4919.