Western Australia was the only State in the country to record significant increases in recent national tests on Civics and Citizenship.
The results for the National Civics and Citizenship testing released today show that between 2007 and 2010, Western Australia’s year 10 students significantly increased their mean score by 32 points, moving the State from seventh to fourth place nationally.
Education Minister Liz Constable congratulated the students and said year 6s had also increased their mean score by 33 points, moving them from seventh to fifth place in national rankings.
Dr Constable said the triennial National Civics and Citizenship Sample Assessment was conducted in October 2010 and included 1,181 year 6 students from 48 schools and 1,027 year 10 students from 45 schools across WA.
“A background survey undertaken at the same time as the assessments, asked about attitudes and engagement in citizenship activities in and out of school,” she said.
“Responses indicated that students rated participation in activities to protect the environment, promote human rights, benefit the local community and learn about Australia’s history as the most important citizenship behaviours.
“Less than half of the year 10 students found discussing politics and involvement in peaceful protests as important for good citizenship. The police and law courts were the civic institutions most trusted by students and most year 10 students expressed positive attitudes to Australian indigenous cultures and multiculturalism.”
The Minister said WA was the only State or Territory to record significant increases in the percentages of students reaching the proficient standard in both year 6 (from 40 per cent to 51 per cent) and year 10 (from 33 per cent to 44 per cent).
“What is particularly remarkable about these results is that our year 10 students were generally one year younger than those in other States at the time of testing,” she said.
“These results, together with recent improvements in literacy and numeracy show that we are on the right track.”
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