ACARA Update extra, 5 August 2015
NAPLAN 2015 results: some improvements, time to reflect
Today ACARA has released the NAPLAN 2015 summary information.
Overall, the results from the NAPLAN tests in May show stable national achievement, as well as some improvements nationally and in each state and territory (for some year levels and some domains).
ACARA CEO, Robert Randall, says that while stability is good, the community may well expect more improvement over time.
“Improvement in NAPLAN results comes about when student learning improves,” Mr Randall says.
“Literacy and numeracy are the foundations of learning at and beyond school. If student knowledge, skills and understanding are not improving in these areas, it is a cause for reflection.”
Reading at Year 3 saw a statistically significant increase from 2008 – a continuation of the long-term trend. Year 5, 7 and 9 results have remained stable from 2008 and 2014.
Numeracy at Year 5 saw a statistically significant increase from 2008. All year levels have remained stable from 2014.
Spelling at Year 5 saw a statistically significant increase from 2008. All year levels have remained stable from 2014.
Grammar/punctuation at Year 3 saw a statistically significant increase from 2008. All year levels have remained stable from 2014.
Writing at Year 3 saw a statistically significant increase from 2014. Year 7 and Year 9 had a statistically significant decrease from 2011.
These results are being released two weeks earlier than last year, and six weeks earlier than previous years, building on the Australian Government’s commitment for a faster turnaround of NAPLAN results.
Read the NAPLAN 2015 summary information on the NAP website
Read ACARA’s media release (PDF 57 kb)
During August 2015, state and territory test administration authorities will be releasing individual student reports to schools for distribution to parents. An open letter to parents from ACARA CEO, Robert Randall (PDF 177 kb), is available on our website, as well as additional information for parents on how to read the reports (PDF 425 kb).