New Premier’s Priority to lift literacy and numeracy standards

Published: 24 Jun 2019

The NSW Government will aim to increase the number of public school students in the top two NAPLAN bands for literacy and numeracy by 15 per cent by 2023.


Under the new Premier’s Priority, an additional 18,700 students will improve their literacy skills and 13,500 students will boost their numeracy skills.

The Bump It Up program, which identifies schools that have potential to lift their students’ performance in literacy and numeracy, will be extended to all schools across the state.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the new priority is an ambitious target but one the NSW Government is confident will be achieved.

“The NSW Government successfully achieved the 2015 Premier Priority of increasing the number of students in the top two NAPLAN bands by eight per cent by 2019 and now we have set the bar even higher,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We are unashamedly for lifting standards in our schools and unlocking the massive potential of our young people.”

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said since introducing the 2015 Premier’s Priority, around 20,000 students achieved results in the top two NAPLAN bands for literacy and numeracy in the last year alone.

“By 2023, we expect to see significant, tangible improvement in literacy and numeracy, right across the state,” Ms Mitchell said.

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