South Australia’s 2016 NAPLAN results show positive signs of improvement again this year, with the highlight a significant lift in year 3 Writing results compared with 2015.
The lift was the most significant increase recorded in any subject area in Australia.
Additional pockets of growth were recorded across primary year levels, with increases in year 3 Spelling and year 7 Numeracy also notable.
The preliminary summary report released today by ACARA shows that over the past year SA is on a general upward trajectory compared with the nation as a whole, with the state’s averages closing in on the Australian averages in 13 of the 20 testing domains.
In 7 test domains 2016 was the second consecutive year in which the gap closed.
In addition, South Australia closed the gap in every test domain in both year 7 and year 9.
The report also shows long-term growth in the number of students achieving at or above the national minimum standard, with 15 out of 20 domains showing an increase when compared to 2008-2011 results.
SA’s participation rates have also improved across the board, with more students participating in all domains in 2016 when compared with last year.
The positive signs of improvement indicate that DECD’s Numeracy and Literacy Results Plus program is starting to take effect.
The introduction of rigorous external reviews of schools and annual performance reviews at the school partnership level are also contributing to a rise in overall standards at schools.