NAPLAN results show ‘limited’ progress in student outcomes

NAPLAN results show ‘limited’ progress in student outcomes

The latest results on literacy and numeracy testing of school students have revealed their has been little improvement since the standardised testing was introduced in 2008.

The 2015 NAPLAN results have revealed primary school students have made only minor improvements over the last seven years.

But results for high school students in years 7 and 9 have gone backward, particularly in writing tasks.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) says while the results are not bad, they are not showing the improvement to the extent it would like.

“This year’s NAPLAN results, the tests of literacy and numeracy, are telling us that we’ve got pretty steady achievement compared to previous years, with some good news in year three reading, year five numeracy and year three writing,” ACARA Chief Executive Robert Randall said.

“But I think we’d all agree we’d like to see more improvement more broadly over longer periods of time.”

Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne says in order for results to lift, the focus needs to turn to the coalition’s four pillars of education: curriculum, teacher quality, parental engagement and school autonomy.

“It’s not about money, it’s actually about the basics of school education,” he told ABC radio.


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