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WA improves basic school maths and English

AAP logoAAP 10/01/2017 Rachael Burnett

Western Australia has improved its low levels of high school literacy and numeracy with online testing and educational reforms.

Only about 28 per cent of Year Nine students in the state were hitting the minimum requirements in maths and English in 2013.

When the same group of pupils, eligible to take the certificate of education, was tested in 2016 the level had reached almost 94 per cent.

Education Minister Peter Collier said the improvement was thanks to the WA's Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment and a reform in the WA certificate of education.

The test was introduced as part of wider reforms to senior secondary education, he said.

"Through the assessment, students who are struggling with reading and writing are identified early and receive tailored help to ensure they are prepared for life beyond secondary schooling," he added.

WA is the first state to introduce this sort of program, with other states expected to follow, Mr Collier said.

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