26 September 2023

Students up to task in NAPLAN challenge

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The Department of Education says analysis of the latest NAPLAN results show that the COVID-19 restrictions had no major impacts on student learning.

Minister for Education, Grace Grace congratulated 274,000 Queensland school students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, who completed the test in May.

“I would like to also congratulate and thank all of the teachers, teacher aides, parents and carers who helped to prepare our students for NAPLAN tests earlier this year,” Ms Grace said.

“It hasn’t been the easiest 12 months but our results show that quality learning continued throughout the COVID-19 disruptions, with student performance in the critical areas of literacy and numeracy holding up well.”

She was especially impressed with students’ results in writing, which improved across all year levels, with Year 3 students recording their highest results ever.

Ms Grace said more than 95 per cent of Queensland Year 3 students continued to meet National Minimum Standards (NMS) in reading, writing and numeracy.

The Minister said Queensland also continued to be one of the most improved States since NAPLAN was introduced in 2008.

“This year saw the continued move towards online, with almost 180,000 students completing the assessments online across 1,148 Queensland schools — 748 state schools, 295 Catholic schools and 105 independent schools,” she said.

“Of course, NAPLAN is only one of the tools used for monitoring students’ progress and assessing their areas of strength and development.

“It is a point-in-time check and is only one of many assessments students undertake to monitor and track their progress,” Ms Grace said.

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