There’s no gold star for Queensland’s kids in NAPLAN results today, but plenty of improvement on show.
The nationwide NAPLAN tests, held every year for students in years Three, Five, Seven and Nine, tests reading, persuasive writing, spelling, numeracy and grammar and punctuation. More than 245,000 students took this year’s tests, which were held over three days in May.
Although Queensland’s students continue to rank below New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria in most testing areas, Queensland saw the most improvement across the board.
This year’s cohort of Year Sevens — the first group to go through prep and move into high school at the start of Year Seven — achieved the best results in reading, spelling and numeracy for that age group since the NAPLAN tests were introduced in 2008.
Year Five students posted record results for the state in writing, spelling and numeracy, and the Year Three cohort also achieved some of its best ever results in reading and writing.
Since testing began in 2008, Queensland students have improved in 18 of the 20 test areas.
“When we started testing eight years ago, Queensland was at the bottom of the pack,” Minister for Education Kate Jones told the ABC. “What we’ve seen over the last eight years is a significant investment in education.”
The full and final results of this year’s tests will be available in December.
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