The Chair of the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs, Education Minister, Simon Crean, today released the Summary Report for the 2010 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), revealing that at least 90 per cent of students are at or above the national minimum standard in almost all areas tested. Parents and students have every right to demand positive returns on the Government's investment in Australia's education system. NAPLAN testing provides the key measures against which all Australians are able to judge the performance of our schools. This is the third year of testing using the NAPLAN tests and we can now compare 2010 results with those in 2009 and 2008 by year level and testing domain. “We are beginning to see the benefits of national testing in literacy and numeracy. NAPLAN exposes our school system to the light and allows us to identify where things are going well - and more importantly - it helps to identify the areas of under-performance which demand further attention.” Mr Crean said. This year's results are very encouraging and show that since the NAPLAN tests first commenced in 2008:
- Year 3 literacy results have improved signifcantly in three of the four tested areas – reading, writing, and grammar and punctuation
- Year 5 numeracy results have improved signifcantly at the national level
- Year 7 reading results have also improved signifcantly across the country.
At State level, today's Summary Report shows improvements in writing at all year levels in Queensland; in spelling and reading at Year 7 in WA; and in writing at Year 3 in Tasmania, the ACT and NSW. Overall, Queensland and WA have achieved the most significant increases in mean scores from 2008 to 2010. “The Australian Government remains firmly committed to the value of transparency and accountability for ongoing school improvement. The Government strongly believes in the effective assessment and reporting of student achievement, including the diagnostic value of the NAPLAN. “The NAPLAN testing and reporting can help us all to address educational disadvantage. That can only be good for students, their parents, teachers and the general community,” Mr Crean said. Participation rates in the 2010 national NAPLAN tests are very similar to 2009, with a very small decrease of 0.5 percentage points from 2009 to 2010. The Summary Report has been posted today for the community, parents and students to view and this website www.naplan.edu.au includes information on how to interpret the results. Individual student reports will be distributed to parents by education authorities from Monday 13 September. School results will be provided to principals from today. The full national report will be released in mid-December 2010. Individual school information will also be available on the My School website later this year. This will include comprehensive information of how groups of students are performing over time by tracking their results. For example, comparing results for students in Year 3 in 2008 against Year 5 results in 2010. The Summary Report and more information about the tests are available on the NAPLAN website: www.naplan.edu.au.