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Territory students make strong gains in NAPLAN

Preliminary NAPLAN results released show Territory students continue to make strong gains and achieve improved results, with our Year 3 and Year 5 students leading the way.

Compared to 2008, when NAPLAN testing commenced nationally, the NT has had significant improvements in Year 3 reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation; and Year 5 reading and spelling.

These positive results for Year 3 and 5 are reflective of the continued investment in the early years, with more Northern Territory children having access to quality early childhood education in the years before they commence school.

Compared to 2019, Year 7 writing improved significantly in the Northern Territory, with increases also seen for Year 3 and Year 9.

These results come off the back of four years of focussed effort by NT government schools in supporting improvement in students’ writing.

It is also fantastic to celebrate the fact 100% of eligible schools across the Northern Territory completed NAPLAN Online this year.

NAPLAN tests student ability in five domains: reading; spelling; writing; grammar and punctuation; and numeracy.

The 2021 NAPLAN summary provides preliminary information about student achievement and state/territory results in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. The final report, to be released in December 2021, will include a detailed breakdown of results by school, geographical location, cohort and Aboriginality; and will allow for a more meaningful comparison of results.

NAPLAN is a nationwide measure through which parents, teachers, schools, education authorities and the broader community can determine whether young Australians are developing the literacy and numeracy skills that provide the critical foundation for other learning, and for their productive and rewarding participation in their communities.

Source: NT Government

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