Stu­dents hit high­est NAPLAN results

Pilbara News - - News - Dy­lan Ca­porn

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.

Pic­ture: Michael Wil­son

Year 3 Col­lier Pri­mary School stu­dents Kieran van der Klauw, Tashakorn Prompruek, Tane­sha Be­hari and Har­ri­son Lowe.

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