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FIG­URES cal­cu­lated off the back of this year’s NA­PLAN tests re­veal the nu­mer­acy and lit­er­acy of Queens­land chil­dren are on the rise, show­ing con­tin­ued im­prove­ment in most ar­eas.

In com­par­i­son to last year, and the bench­mark year of 2008, the per­cent­age of stu­dents meet­ing na­tional min­i­mum stan­dards has jumped con­sid­er­ably in most cat­e­gories.

Only one test had lit­tle to no im­prove­ment: writ­ing.

Stu­dents meet­ing the min­i­mum stan­dard for writ­ing has dropped as much as 11 per cent, in the case of Year 9 stu­dents.

How­ever all other ar­eas tested im­proved for that old­est NA­PLAN group.

The youngest group, Year 3, had their best re­sults in read­ing, with 96.2 per cent meet­ing or ex­ceed­ing the na­tional min­i­mum stan­dard.

The high re­sult fol­lows con­sis­tent im­prove­ment in Year 3 for the past decade.

Nu­mer­acy has been an­other out­stand­ing area for all, with each grade now sit­ting at 95 per cent – mean­ing most Queens­land stu­dents meet or ex­ceed min­i­mum stan­dards in maths.

This year is also the first time NA­PLAN was con­ducted on­line.

Aus­tralian Cur­ricu­lum As­sess­ment Re­port­ing Au­thor­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive Robert Ran­dall said this year’s test­ing went with­out a hitch.

“Feed­back from schools said that stu­dents found the on­line as­sess­ment en­gag­ing,” he said.

“The on­line plat­form per­formed well and 99.8 per cent of stu­dents were able to com­plete it that way.”

All Aus­tralian schools are ex­pected to com­plete the NA­PLAN on­line by 2020.

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