Wednesday, September 28, 2022

NSW records its worst Year 9 reading score in NAPLAN, but national results remain surprisingly stable

Preliminary NAPLAN results released today showed Australia’s overall education performance remained stable, but New South Wales (NSW) Year 9 students reported their worst reading results since the testing system was introduced.

one in ten students The reading failed to reach the National Minimum Standard (NMS), leaving the NSW Year 9 cohort behind Victoria and Western Australia.

The number of students who failed to access the NMS to study has doubled since 2008, where nearly one in 20 students in the state failed to meet the minimum standard.

However, among all other regions, NSW remains in the top three ranks and has also achieved the highest average scores in spelling and writing for 3 to 7 years.

NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said: “Once again, NSW students are reaching well above the national average in all five areas.” said.

Similarly, in other states, the extended lockdown and learning disruptions have had minimal impact on overall education performance.

“It is reassuring to see that overall, the literacy and numeracy standards of our students have not suffered significantly despite COVID-19 and the major disruptions of distance learning,” said David de Carvalho, CEO of ACARA.PDF) “However, this does not mean that specific students or demographic groups were not affected.”

ACARA found that declining standards in writing have begun to level up, while average reading and high school arithmetic tendencies are improving at the elementary school level.

Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge said the headline results were pleasant, but further analysis was needed to assess the full impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s education.

“It is certainly a relief that we have not yet seen the expected significant drop due to school closures, especially in Victoria,” tudge said. “The results also show a resilience among young Australians, and they are testament to the hard work of teachers and parents who are supporting learning at home.”

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Australian Education Minister Alan Tudge speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House on August 4, 2021 in Canberra, Australia. (image of you/Lucas Koch)

Tudge said he is “very concerned” about the ongoing effects of school closures on students and their families, as well as those who have been completely isolated from school.

“I also focus on the long-term goal of putting Australia back in the top group of countries in education, which includes raising standards in literacy and numeracy,” he said.

Despite Queensland’s results being stable, participation in the testing program declined as the state’s teachers union encouraged parents to withdraw their children from taking assessments. Nearly one in five students did not take the exam, The Courier Mail informed of.

Meanwhile, despite Victorian schools being closed longer than in other states, Victorian students defied expectations and recorded improvements, placing first in many subjects and year levels.

“The results show that continued efforts to improve the results are paying off,” De Carvalho said. “It is a testament to the resilience of students, teachers, parents and caregivers, and school and system leaders during these challenging times.”

Before the extended lockdown in NSW and Victoria, the 2021 NAPLAN exam was held in May.

Rebecca Zhu

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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