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• ACT female students are amongst the best performing cohort across Australia at years 5, 7, and 9 in reading, and equal highest in all other assessments with Victoria and NSW

• At all year levels in reading, a greater percentage of ACT male students achieved in the top two bands compared to males in other states


• ACT students are performing consistently better than Australian students and OECD students in reading, mathematical and scientific literacies. The average achievement scores of students in the ACT is the highest in Australia across the 2000, 2003 and 2006 assessments.

• In 2006, around 70% of ACT students achieved above the OECD average in each of the three literacy domains, compared to the national average of around 62%


• ACT year 6 had the highest mean score and the greatest percentage of students at or above the proficient standard in the latest reported test (2005) which was statistically the highest with NSW, Victoria and South Australia

• Similarly ACT year 10 students had the highest mean, which was statistically better than Tasmania, Western Australia and Northern Territory.


• In the 2007 civics and citizenship test ACT year 6 and year 10 students’ results showed they were not statistically different to New South Wales, who had the highest mean score.

Roads—resealing costs
(Question No 56)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 12 February 2009:

(1) In relation to the resealing of roads with chip seal as opposed to hotmix, what is the (a) cost per kilometre and (b) noise impact of each material.

(2) What is the safety impact of each material for cyclists and pedestrians.

(3) What is the impact of the loose gravel as a result of the use of chip seal.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1. a) The average cost for the 2008/09 reseal program was $6.76/ square metre for ‘chip seal’ and $45/ square metre for ‘hot mix’.

b) The generation of noise is not solely dependent on surfacing. It is influenced by a number of other road and traffic characteristics. In general a chip seal may initially be 4-6 dB noisier than asphalt and within 12 months of traffic use, this difference reduces to 1-2 dB.

2. Both surfacings provide adequate safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

3. There is no loose gravel at the completion of the application of a chip sealing process, the stones have either been compacted into the road surface or swept up as part of the clean up process.

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