NAPLAN: little change, but the usual controversy.

09 AUGUST 2017
There were no significant changes in the results in this year’s NAPLAN, but questions and criticism still plague the test.

The 2017 test showed no dramatic change in any category with just a 3.52 per cent improvement in reading and a 2.55 per cent increase in numeracy since the tests were first held in 2008.

However, writing has been seized upon as “a real concern” according to Education Minister, Simon Birmingham, with a 2.04 per cent decline in results since 2011. Robert Randal of ACARA also showed concern for this area: "We need to look into that data… What maybe is causing it?...We'll have a conversation with states and territories to see, is it a curriculum issue we need to address? Is it a teaching and learning issue? How can we improve our assessment?"

No doubt there will be more commentary and blame-laying when the full results are published.

View the preliminary results for the 2017 NAPLAN: http://reports.acara.edu.au/NAP/NaplanResults

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