“The results from the NAPLAN report, now in its tenth year, confirm the deep concerns that employers have expressed about the level of literacy and numeracy in our schools,” Ai Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, said.
“Overall there has been little improvement in the proportion of students meeting national minimum standards across the five domains of reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation. Also, the performance in numeracy has either flatlined or declined across most year groups since 2016.
“What we want to see from our schooling system is evidence of improvement rather than results like these.
“Boys performed worse than girls in all domains across all year groups. Year 7 boys are performing poorly, with 17 per cent across the country not meeting the minimum standard in writing, compared to 7 per cent of Year 7 girls. The literacy results for Year 9 students are also in decline with 24.6 per cent of boys and 18.4 per cent of all students failing to meet the band 6 national minimum standard in 2017’s writing test.
“Results like these are worrying when the economy and the workforce increasingly require higher level skills to keep Australia as a competitive nation. Without increasing proficiency in literacy and numeracy it is difficult to see how Australian school students will be ready to make the valuable contribution to the future workforce that we desperately need,” Mr Willox said.
Source: Ai Group