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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4129 ..

days of the beginning of each quarter. The value of the first two quarter payments for 2003/04 financial year is $115,500 (GST exclusive).

The contract stipulates the required outputs to be delivered for the 2003/04 financial year including: centre based sport and recreation, outreach based sport and recreation, information, referral and advocacy and case management.

RecLink, as with all contracted service providers, are required to report regularly on the delivery of the outputs and undertake acquittal processes at the end of the contract period.

In relation to the remainder of the questions, I suggest you refer these directly to the service provider, RecLink.

School libraries

(Question No 984)

Mr Pratt

asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice on 25 September 2003:

In relation to school libraries and the recently released report from the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) titled 'Impact of school libraries on student achievement' which found that the library is an important but sometimes overlooked part of a school:

Is the Minister aware of this report;

Evidence in the ACER research shows:

a strong computer network connecting the school library's resources to the classroom laboratories has an impact on student achievement;

a print-rich environment leads to more reading and free voluntary reading is the best predictor of comprehension, vocabulary growth, spelling and grammatical ability and writing style;

integrating information literacy into the curriculum can improve students' mastery of both content and information seeking skills;

What programs are currently in place within the school curriculum that encourages use of the school library;

Is there any scope to increase the use of the library within the school curriculum. If so, will you commit to looking into this matter, if not, why not.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

Yes, I am aware of the report.

The programs within the school curriculum that encourage use of the school library include:

The specific teaching of Library research skills are integrated into class programs;

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