Announcing the results ACARA CEO, Robert Randall, said: “The NAPLAN data show that over the last 10 years, since NAPLAN was introduced in 2008, there has been some improvement across all year levels in most domains.
“Importantly, we see a gradual redistribution of students from lower bands of achievement to higher ones, particularly in some domains and year levels, such as Year 3 reading. In other areas, this improvement has not always been great enough to significantly impact national averages, but it is certainly a positive trend.”
Highlights of this year’s NAPLAN results include:
However, the data also show that, compared with 2016, there is no significant improvement in average results across the country.
“What the ten-year data indicate is that change is happening, including significant change in some domains, year levels and in some jurisdictions, and this is to be welcomed. If this improvement can be replicated across more domains, years and states, then a lift in average results nationally will be seen.”
In response to the release of the 'mixed bag' NAPLAN results, Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham said: "With needs-based school funding now locked in for the future, it’s essential that education policy re-focus on quality teaching and programs proven to boost results."
“By this time next year we’ll be delivering the programs and initiatives David Gonski and his panel recommend that build on the changes the Turnbull Government has made to improve teaching quality already," Birmingham said.
Randall said that when NAPLAN moves online from 2018, it will result in better assessment, more precise results and a faster turnaround of information.