ACT leads introduction of NAPLAN Online

Released 28/08/2019

The ACT continues to perform well with the preliminary results of the 2019 NAPLAN tests released today. Most importantly, ACT school leavers are showing great life outcomes by going on to further studies or to start their careers.

Across the ACT, 98 percent of schools and more than 99 per cent of students participated in NAPLAN, undertaking the online test across four areas—reading, persuasive writing, language conventions and numeracy.

Preliminary summary results of the 2019 NAPLAN tests released by ACARA today also show that the ACT continues to perform well compared to other states and territories.

ACT preliminary mean scores were the highest or equal highest in the nation along with New South Wales and Victoria in 15 of the 20 areas tested. This included Year 7 and 9 ranking highest or equal highest in all areas.

NAPLAN testing provides a point-in-time snapshot of student progress and is one of many tools used by schools and learning professionals to assess student progress. The data it provides can help teachers and parents look at each individual to understand where they were doing well, and how they can better help them to reach their potential.

However, there is more to measuring the quality of school education than NAPLAN and it should not be used to rank and compare individuals and schools.

The ACT Government aims to give every child and young person a great education and, in turn, the positive life experiences that flow from that. Our school leaders, teachers and support staff work every day to set students up for success.

Earlier this year, I released the 2018 Post School Destinations and Pathways report that showed 93 per cent of young people who graduated in 2017 were employed or undertaking further study in 2018, or both.

All the work that goes into school education, both in academic learning and social and emotional development, is about setting up young people for success after school.

Parents can expect to receive their child’s NAPLAN report in the coming weeks.

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