Queensland remains one of the most improved states in the nation since NAPLAN testing began a decade ago, according to the 2018 test results.

Queensland independent school students continue to achieve strong results, with the 2018 test results confirming the academic strength and ongoing commitment of independent schools to high quality classroom teaching and learning.

However, writing, particularly in Years 7 and 9, remains a key area of concern with student achievement across Queensland and the nation continuing to decline.

Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace said Queensland students had improved in 16 of 20 test areas since the national testing program began in 2008.

“This year, in reading and spelling, we’ve seen continued improvement across all year levels,” Ms Grace said in a media statement.

While there are some positive small changes, no statistically significant gains were made at the state level between 2017 and 2018.

For the first time this year, about 1 in 5 Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 Australian students who sat NAPLAN, undertook the test online.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) issued a statement reassuring parents, teachers and schools that they can rely on the 2018 test results and “be confident it is valid and comparable, regardless of format”.

Student NAPLAN Reports

ACARA has also advised parents to expect their child’s report in late August or early September, depending on their state administration authority.

“NAPLAN assessments provide valuable information on what a student knows and can do,” ACARA CEO Robert Randall said.

“The assessment provides a snapshot of a child’s achievement at a point in time and, as always, information contained in the student reports should be considered together with school-based assessments and reports,” he said.

NAPLAN is transitioning to a national online test by 2020 to provide more accurate and precise information about what students know and can do| LEARN MORE

ACARA has put together a range of information for parents about their child’s 2018 NAPLAN report and how to read the results | LEARN MORE  | PARENT BROCHURE | ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS

Parents interested in learning more about the type of test questions students face and how they are marked can access past test papers from ACARA. The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority also publishes reports each year to support schools and teachers in the analysis of student results.

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