Literacy, numeracy ‘adequate’
STUDENTS are meeting minimum literacy and numeracy skills, according to Education Minister Peter Collier.
Mr Collier said the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) was ensuring all students who graduated with a Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) met minimum literacy and numeracy requirements.
"The OLNA was introduced as part of wider WACE reforms designed to raise the bar in senior secondary education," Mr Collier said.
"The message was coming through loud and clear from employers that some WACE graduates needed to read, write and add up more effectively.
"Given the standard is what we expect students to be able to demonstrate by the time they complete Year 12, the results are very much where we expect them to be,” he said.
Students only sit the OLNA if they don't reach band 8 in the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy in Year 9.
They have six opportunities to pass before the end of Year 12.
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