Students hit highest NAPLAN results
WA students have achieved their highest results in this year’s NAPLAN testing, breaking State records in 14 out of 20 assessments.
But the results were not all good, with more than 60 per cent of Year 9 students expected to sit at least one literacy or numeracy exam to qualify for their final education certificate.
Ahead of last week’s release of the national and State-by-State breakdown of this year’s results, the NAPLAN figures reveal 60 per cent of Year 9 students fell below the required levels in the writing exam.
In reading, 46.5 per cent were below the required levels, while 42 per cent were below the level in numeracy.
Under WA’s Certificate of Education, Year 9 students who do not achieve NAPLAN results higher than band eight have to sit the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment in Year 10.
The regime, an Australian first, is being rolled out this year in NSW.
Federal education bureaucrats said WA could be proud of this year’s NAPLAN results, with the State’s students making the most improvement since testing began in 2008, alongside those in Queensland.
Education Minister Sue Ellery said WA schools had improved in 14 out of 20 NAPLAN assessments, which was the highest of all States.
“The mean scores for WA students in 2017 were the highest we have ever achieved in numeracy (all years), reading (Year 3 and 5), spelling (Year 5 and 7) and grammar and punctuation (Year 3),” she said.
“WA continues to have one of the best participation rates and lowest withdrawal rates across all year groups. There is always room for improvement. However, it is encouraging that our students are performing well compared to other students across the country.”
Other successes highlighted by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority included more students moving into higher result bands.
WA’s biggest increases came from the Year 3 cohort, which achieved a 1.85 percentage point rise in numeracy scores and a 1.01 rise in reading scores.
Year 3 Collier Primary School students Kieran van der Klauw, Tashakorn Prompruek, Tanesha Behari and Harrison Lowe.