Victoria NAPLAN Results Tops The Nation Again

Victoria NAPLAN Results Tops The Nation Again

Victoria Minister for Education Martin Dixon

Victorian Students Top The Nation In Literacy And Numeracy Tests

Victor P Taffa

For the fourth year running, Victorian students are among Australia’s best in the annual literacy and numeracy tests.

Education Minister Martin Dixon today announced that Victoria’s results for the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students were among the top in the nation.

“This latest data affirms Victoria’s position as a nation-leader when it comes to teaching students the essential literacy and numeracy skills they need to achieve and succeed at school and in all aspects of life.” Mr. Dixon said.

“I’d like to congratulate Victoria’s inspiring classroom teachers who work tirelessly to ensure students have a firm grasp on the basics, which then become the building blocks for lifelong learning.”

Students took the NAPLAN tests for reading, writing, spelling, numeracy, grammar and punctuation over three days in May.

The NAPLAN Summary Report shows:

  • Victorian students at all year levels are performing above the Australian average across the vast majority of test areas;
  • Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT are the highest performing jurisdictions in Australia;
  • Victorian student performance remains similar to last year;
  • Compared with Australia as a whole, Victorian primary schools have a higher percentage of students in the top achievement band for reading, writing, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy.

Mr. Dixon said the NAPLAN tests were a rich source of information for the Victorian Government, schools, communities and for parents, who could be confident their children were receiving a world-class education.

“NAPLAN is essential in providing the Victorian Government with in-depth information about student performance, about what’s working well in schools and what isn’t.” Mr. Dixon said.

“This NAPLAN report shows the performance of Victorian Year 7 students in reading and spelling has dropped slightly, so that is an area we need to look at, and work on lifting student achievement.”

Mr. Dixon said Victorian students were still performing well in writing, despite a national change in the writing task for 2011, which made it impossible to make comparisons with previous writing results.

“Victorian students continue to excel in writing, with the number of Victorian students in the top performing band significantly above the Australian average.” Mr. Dixon said.

“It is also positive to see Victoria’s participation rates up on last year, with around 1,400 more students taking NAPLAN tests this year.”

Schools will provide parents with their children’s test results from September 13 onwards.