In 2004 the Commonwealth Government in conjunction with the Northern Territory Department of Employment Education and Training and with support from the School for Social and Policy Research, launched the National Accelerated Literacy Program. Accelerated literacy is a teaching methodology designed to accelerate students' reading, writing, and comprehension skills by using narratives that are age-appropriate. At the end of the 2006 school year, there were 50 participating schools. Of these, there were 36 schools with recorded assessments. Student progress for the year showed some encouraging results.