The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard welcomes today’s release of detailed 2008 national literacy and numeracy results provides rich information on how Australian students are performing in each State and Territory in the key areas of reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy.
This is the first time that all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 across Australia have taken the same literacy and numeracy tests and the first time that a detailed national report has been available in the same year as the tests were taken.
The innovative National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) measurement scales enable sophisticated analysis of growth in attainment over time, representing world best practice in the measurement of student progress.
By showing student results in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy by sex, location, parental background and Indigenous status, the Australian community will be able to clearly see those student groups which need more support to improve their education outcomes.
The results show that more than 90 per cent of students are performing at or above the national minimum standard in each of the key areas. About 80 per cent achieved above the minimum standard.
But it remains of great concern that the data shows that Indigenous student achievement is significantly lower than non-Indigenous students in all areas tested and all jurisdictions.
At the COAG meeting on 29 November 2008 the Australian Government delivered an unprecedented National Education Agreement to drive education reform.
A number of measures were agreed, including greater transparency and accountability for the performance of schools, which is essential to ensure that every Australian child receives a world class education.
The Australian Government also entered into historic National Partnership agreements with the States and Territories to lift attainment.
- $550 million to improve teacher quality in schools;
- $1.1 billion to address educational disadvantage; and
- $540 million to drive improvement in literacy and numeracy outcomes.
As a result of the Rudd Government’s reforms, from 2009 the Australian community will be able to see the pattern of attainment in individual schools.
This greater transparency will give parents, teachers and policy makers a much better understanding of the performance of individual schools, including the challenges the nation faces to support students in the greatest need.
From 2009, the new Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority will be supplied with the information necessary to enable it to publish relevant, nationally comparable information on all schools to support accountability, school evaluation, collaborative policy development and resource allocation.
The Authority will provide the public with information on each school in Australia, including each school’s performance in national literacy and numeracy testing results.
NAPLAN results from 2008 and subsequent years will play a crucial role in measuring and monitoring the growth of students’ skills in literacy and numeracy, and tracking progress towards COAG targets.
The Australian Government’s Education Revolution aims to ensure every school in this nation is a great school and every Australian child gets a world-class education.