Victoria takes the lead with this year’s NAPLAN results

Outperforming other states in the nation, Victorian students have taken lead with this year’s NAPLAN results which were released yesterday.

Primary schools in Victoria achieved the best results in the country in seven out of 10 measures, improving from 2018’s results when Victoria led on four of the 10 measure.

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The schools also achieved higher on their excellent results from 2018 from six out of 10 measures, including numeracy where they all received higher average scores.

Close to 45 per cent of grade 3 and 33 per cent of grade 5 students now obtain results in the top two bands, showing improvement from last years figures of 44 per cent and 31 per cent.

The Victorian Government said that the results show teachers are successfully addressing disadvantage by pursuing to lift more primary students out of the bottom three bands in numeracy.

Victorian students have again achieved excellent results in the 2019 NAPLAN tests, with our primary schools continuing to forge ahead and extend the gap between us and other states,” Minister for Education James Merlino said.

Victoria’s secondary results also presented improvements in key areas. In domains of writing, numeracy and reading, year 7 students are best in the country (excluding the ACT) and have improved since last year, achieving an extra 5 per cent of students in the top two bands for numeracy.

Although, grades 3 and 5 along with year 7 improved greatly, year 9 students across the country did not improve on last year’s results in several domains. Due to this, the Labor Government will appoint a special principal advisory committee to investigate options to improve the relevance of NAPLAN for year 9 students.

“We are making significant improvements across years 3, 5 and 7, but we know we have more to do in year 9 to ensure students see the relevance of Naplan and are better engaged,” Merlino said.

The Labor Government says it’s taking action to target advancement in year 9 by investing $183 million for thorough literacy and numeracy teaching support to secondary students.