Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Former Minister for Education

    Students across WA improve in NAPLAN tests

    23/01/2012 12:00 AM
    • WA’s very remote students outperform those living in comparable locations
    • Boys still better at numeracy, though girls continue to improve
    The NAPLAN final report released today confirms 2011 as the best year ever for Western Australian schools, with mean score placings improved for 11 assessments and maintained for the remaining nine.

    Education Minister Liz Constable said today’s report showed the State’s cohort gains across 2009 to 2011, for years 3 to 5, 5 to 7, and 7 to 9 were higher than the Australian average cohort gains for all assessments.

    WA indigenous students also made some important gains, with significant improvements in mean scores in year 3 spelling and year 9 reading between 2010-11; and for year 3 and 7 reading, spelling and grammar and punctuation and year 9 spelling between 2008-11.

    “In 2011 the achievements of WA’s students in very remote locations was well above the Australian means for very remote students, across all year groups and in almost all tests,” Dr Constable said.

    “It is pleasing to see teachers and students are making a huge effort to boost literacy and numeracy in these very remote locations, though it is still concerning that our indigenous students’ results are still substantially lower than for other students.

    “Closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous performance continues to be a priority for all governments across Australia.”

    Girls continued to outperform boys in all literacy-related tests, with substantial differences evident, particularly in reading and writing.  Boys are still performing better in numeracy, though WA girls continue to improve in this area.  Girls have similar percentages at or above the national minimum standard.

    Talented WA students continued to make progress.  Between 2008 and 2011 the percentages of students in the top band at each year level increased considerably in all tests.

    The State ranked fourth in Australia for 11 assessments, fifth in six assessments and sixth in the remaining three, which was a substantial improvement on 2010 results.

    “For the first time ever the State means were higher than Australia-wide means for two of the assessments: year 7 reading and writing,” the Minister said.

    “The percentage of WA students at or above the national minimum standards also improved substantially from 2010 in year 3 spelling, grammar and punctuation and numeracy; year 7 grammar and punctuation; and year 9 reading.

    “These results consolidated the major gains WA schools made in literacy and numeracy between 2008-10.”

          Fact File
    • 2011 NAPLAN testing occurred between May 10-12
    • Today’s 2011 full report provides, for the first time, comparisons of State performance by gender, indigenous status, language background and location
    • Full report:  http://www.nap.edu.au/Test_Results/National_reports/index.html
    • School by school data is yet to be released by ACARA
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