The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today welcomed the release of the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) detailed report.
The report provides clear and detailed information about how Australian students are performing in the critical skills of literacy and numeracy.
It shows more than 90 per cent of students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are performing at or above the national minimum standard in reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation and numeracy.
Nationally, the results for 2008, the first year of the national assessment, and 2009 were stable indicating that changes must be made to drive improvement.
By 2010 there will be three years of results showing how students who sat the first test in 2008 have progressed against the common national scales.
The Rudd Government believes it is important that parents, teachers and the community can see how our schools are performing, particularly in the foundation skills of reading, writing and numeracy.
In September, parents received a report showing their child’s achievement in 2009.
On 28 January 2010, school results will be available publicly for the first time through the My School website. An example of the school report card is available at: www.myschool.edu.au.
Parents will be able to see how their child’s school is performing compared with similar schools as well as other important contextual information about the school.
This rich information will be used to better inform parents, schools and governments about what is working and what else needs to be done to ensure a good education for every child.
The report released today shows that students in remote and very remote areas are disadvantaged with below average attainment rates.
For year 5 reading, 93 per cent of students from metropolitan areas were at or above the national minimum standard, compared with 49.1 per cent of students from very remote areas.
For year 5 reading, nationally 66.7 per cent of Indigenous students were at or above the national minimum standard, compared with 93.1 per cent of non-Indigenous students.
School by school results released in January will paint an even clearer picture of which schools are doing well and which schools need greater support.
The 2009 NAPLAN National Report is available at www.naplan.edu.au.