VICTORIA TOP OF THE NAPLAN CLASS – PIKE

VICTORIA TOP OF THE NAPLAN CLASS – PIKE

Posted on 10. Sep, 2010 in News

For the third consecutive year, Victorian students are among Australia’s best when it comes to numeracy and literacy, according to the 2010 National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) Summary Report released today.

Education Minister Bronwyn Pike said the NAPLAN results demonstrated the Brumby Labor Government’s record investment in literacy and numeracy programs for schools was working.

“The average scores for Victorian students were higher than the Australian average across all 20 measures in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation and numeracy for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9,” Ms Pike said.

“The results show a significant improvement in average scores for Years 3 and 7 reading, Year 3 writing and Year 5 numeracy compared to 2008 averages.

“This once again proves Victorian students are at the top of the national class. I’m proud of the dedication and commitment of our hardworking school teachers.

“Education is the Brumby Labor Government’s top priority – and we have invested strongly in our schools by employing more than 10,000 additional teachers and support staff since 1999.”

Ms Pike said parents would receive copies of their child’s NAPLAN results next week.

The report found that:

  • For the third consecutive year, Victoria was among the best performing jurisdictions, along with New South Wales and the ACT;

 

  • The percentage of Victorian students at or above the national minimum standard is higher than the Australian average across all domains and year levels;

 

  • The percentage of Year 3 Victorian students in the top achievement band is above the Australian average across all domains;

 

  • The percentage of Year 5, 7 and 9 Victorian students in the top achievement band is above the Australian average across most domains; and

 

  • The average scores for Victorian students are significantly above those in 2008 for Years 3 and 7 reading, Year 3 writing and Year 5 numeracy.

 

Ms Pike said NAPLAN tests provided vital information for parents and schools to help students improve in reading, writing, spelling and maths, and it was important all students sat the tests.

“The results show Victoria has a lower participation rate than the national average – it’s crucial that all students participate in the NAPLAN tests. The Department will be working with individual schools to boost participation rates next year,” she said.

The NAPLAN Summary Report can be found at www.naplan.edu.au

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