Western Australian school students have recorded their highest-ever rankings in the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests.
Education Minister Liz Constable said the report summary released today showed the State was ranked fourth in 12 of the 20 assessments; fifth in six assessments; and sixth in two.
“There have been significant improvements this year in WA students’ literacy and numeracy scores,” Dr Constable said.
“They have made the biggest improvements of the nation and recorded the highest rankings this State has ever achieved.
“Students and teachers are to be congratulated, and parents confident that WA schools deliver a very high quality education.
“Our ranking improved in 12 of the assessments and remained constant in the other eight.
“We rank only behind New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT in the majority of tests, which demonstrates the quality education WA students receive.
“The NAPLAN summary released today does not report on factors that affect WA’s results, including the remoteness of many of our schools. This information will be released with the full report in December.”
The Minister said the percentage of the State’s students in the highest band of scores at each year level continued to increase in every test.
For the first time, means and percentages of WA students at or above the national minimum standards were higher than the all-Australian results for three of the assessments: year 7 reading, writing and numeracy.
WA had the second youngest average age in all year levels, with students in Tasmania being on average six months older in Years 3, 5 and 7 and eight months older in Year 9.
“The most important thing is that WA continues to build on the gains made between 2008 and 2010,” Dr Constable said. “Our students are continually improving.
“Despite the challenges this vast State faces in education across many remote regions, we are making significant progress.”
A copy of the report is available at http://www.nap.edu.au/_Documents/National%20Report/2011_NAPLAN_Summary_Report.pdf
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