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Territory students making long term gains in NAPLAN

Northern Territory students have been making strong gains in NAPLAN over the past six years from 2011 – 2017, compared to overall NAPLAN performance nationally.

In 2017, the Territory’s remote Aboriginal students saw increased achievement in nineteen of the twenty test measures, compared to 2016.

Chief Executive of NT Department of Education Vicki Baylis said it is promising to see 2017 NAPLAN results showing some Territory student cohorts comparing favourably to the rest of Australia.

“There is still work to do, however we are heading in the right direction with the Territory’s long term NAPLAN results showing overall improvement,” she said.

“The Northern Territory is a unique jurisdiction with a hugely diverse population compared to the rest of Australia. Nearly 50% of our students are located in remote or very remote locations across the Territory with many speaking English as a second language.

“We acknowledge this can be challenging which is why as part of the enhanced School Resourcing Model, $4 million in ongoing funding will be distributed in school budgets from 2019, to increase support for students who speak English as a Second Language.”

Throughout 2018, the NT Department of Education has a sharp and narrow focus to improving overall student educational outcomes.

“In the Territory, our focus will continue to be ensuring our students make progress and are engaged and learning every day,” Ms Baylis said.

“Improving educational outcomes of our students is everyone’s business.

“We will continue to work with parents and the community to ensure students attend school every day, so that teachers can engage students with learning and we see that progress and improvement.”

Source: NT Government

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