Piccoli welcomes school-level NAPLAN improvement

18 August 2015 -

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has welcomed school-level improvements shown by NAPLAN data, as parents across NSW begin receiving their child's results.

Mr Piccoli said many schools across the state have returned improved student results and NSW has the highest NAPLAN participation rate nationally.

"We are seeing some pleasing improvements at a school level and I applaud our fantastic teachers for continuing to work at such a high standard," Mr Piccoli said.

"NAPLAN provides important diagnostic data to help identify challenges for individual students and give valuable insights at a classroom, school and system level."

Highlights from the 2015 NAPLAN results for NSW include:

  • Highest mean scores of all states and territories for spelling in Years 5, 7 and 9;
  • Highest percentage of all states and territories of students in the top band for spelling across all year levels;
  • Highest percentage of all states and territories of students in the top band for numeracy for Years 5, 7 and 9; and
  • Significant increase in mean scores for Year 3 reading and for grammar and punctuation between 2008 and 2015.

During a visit to Griffith High School, Mr Piccoli said local schools had returned some very positive results.

"Griffith High School has shown one of the largest improvements over time in Year 7 reading among NSW public schools," he said.

"Hillston Central School's Year 9 reading results showed an equally impressive improvement.

"I encourage parents to use these results as the basis for a conversation with teachers about how they can work together to improve their child's results."


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