Release type: Media Release

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Parents will receive individual student reports from today

Ministers:

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

From today, parents of students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 that sat the 2009 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will receive a report on their child’s individual performance.

Parents will receive a Student Report (format attached below) which will outline their child's performance on an achievement scale for each assessment area of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation and numeracy.

Results across the Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 literacy and numeracy assessments are reported on a scale from Band 1 to Band 10.

The achievement scale represents increasing levels of skills and understanding demonstrated in the assessments.

The scale clearly identifies the national average for the grade and in a number of States, the scale also shows the school average for the grade and subject.

Of course, the information contained in the Student Report should be considered together with school-based assessments and reports.

Before the start of the next school year, the new 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.

The Rudd Government has made it perfectly clear that we are not interested in simplistic league tables which rank schools according to raw test scores because they do not actually tell us very much about how a school and their students are going. The Rudd Government believes parents want and need comprehensive, meaningful information about how their child is doing at school, particularly in relation to the key learning areas of literacy and numeracy.Together with the new National Curriculum currently under development, the Education Revolution will achieve a renewed focus on the foundation skills of literacy and numeracy.

The Rudd Government believes it’s time we stopped averting our eyes from poor performance and ensure every Australian child is receiving a world class education.

Last week the 2009 NAPLAN National Summary Report was released by the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA). The 2009 NAPLAN Summary Report is available at NAPLAN website.

More information visit the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)website.

The Principles and Protocols for Reporting on Schooling in Australia is also available on the MCEECDYA website.

Student Report ( PDF 217KB)