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Grade 5 leads way in year of NAPLAN improvement

19 September 2013

Grade 5 leads way in year of NAPLAN improvement

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Queensland students have posted some of their best results on record in this year's National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests.

Strong improvement was highlighted by the performance of Year 5 students, who recorded their strongest result yet with more than 96 per cent achieving the national standard in reading.

Other highlights for Queensland in the 2013 NAPLAN summary report include:

  • The greatest number of statistically significant improvements since the tests began in 2008
  • Positive results for Year 3 students with record results in three strands
  • Special recognition for significant improvements in Year 3 grammar and punctuation since 2008
  • Now ranked third across the country for Year 7 numeracy
  • Now ranked fourth across the country for Years 3 and 5 in four of the five testing areas.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek noted the standout performance of Year 5.

'Our Prep pioneers are now in their sixth year of school and their results in Year 5 show they're reaping the rewards of that extra year of schooling and the reforms of the Government,' Mr Langbroek said.

'They've delivered the state's best results in reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation and numeracy, both in average scores and the proportion of students at or above the national standard. Of course the challenge now will be to keep this momentum going.

'Our aspiration is for Queensland to be among the top performing states in NAPLAN by the year 2020 and each year our improvements are taking us closer to achieving this goal.'

Mr Langbroek said NAPLAN results were always a team effort and he congratulated families, teachers, principals and school communities across Queensland.

'It's always important to recognise the valuable contribution of those working behind the scenes and at home to support a child's learning,' he said.

He stressed that NAPLAN was just one snapshot of student progression and parents should consider the results alongside other information about their children's development.

The national summary report of 2013 NAPLAN results was released on 13 September by the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

ACARA will publish the 2013 NAPLAN National Report in December, with school-by-school results available on the next version of the My School website, to be published early in 2014.

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