Release type: Media Release


2009 NAPLAN results released


The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion
Deputy Prime Minister

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today welcomed the release of the summary results from the 2009 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).

The 2009 NAPLAN National Summary Report was released today by the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA).

The Report shows that more than 90 per cent of Australian 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.

However, the results also indicate that there are still some students who have not attained the literacy and numeracy skills expected of students in their year level.

The first truly national assessments were conducted in May 2008 with students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 across the country, undertaking the same assessments in reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation and numeracy.

The Report released today presents the NAPLAN results for years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students in each State and Territory for reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation and numeracy as well as a comparison with results from the 2008 NAPLAN.

The Rudd Government’s Education Revolution is driving a renewed focus on the foundation skills of literacy and numeracy to lift student achievement across the country.

Through the Education Revolution, the Rudd Government is investing $540 million in literacy and numeracy in schools as well as developing a world-class National Curriculum.

In fact, literacy and numeracy pilot projects are already underway in around 400 schools across the nation to help us find the best ways of helping students who may be struggling with the basics.

From Monday, parents and carers of students who sat NAPLAN tests in 2009 will receive information about their child’s individual performance. An example of the Student Report format is attached.

At the end of the year, the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) will publish school profiles online for the very first time.

The profile of each school, government and non-government, will provide accurate data on individual school performance and important, relevant data about school context.

The school profiles will include school level results from the 2008 and 2009 literacy and numeracy assessments, painting a much clearer picture of school performance around the country.

These transparency measures will give parents, teachers and the public much better information about how schools are going and allow governments to target additional resources to schools which may be struggling.

NAPLAN results will complement teachers’ class and school-based assessments to provide a comprehensive picture of student achievement and help determine areas of priority to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes.

The 2009 NAPLAN Summary Report is available at the NAPLAN website.

More information about the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is available at the ACARA website.

Student Report format ( PDF 218KB)