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 Final NAPLAN report ‘warning’ changes needed
 Posted: Dec 13 2017, 10:30 AM

Rana Capillum

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"The release of a final report on national literacy and numeracy test results is a “warning signal” to educators and policymakers that more needs to be done to boost student outcomes, according to Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham.

He said the full report on this year’s NAPLAN tests was confirmation that student performance had continued to stagnate.

“The full 2017 NAPLAN national report highlights while there have been pockets of improvement, we’re not seeing the sort of consistency we should expect in these results,” Senator Birmingham said.

“It confirms the mixed bag of results in the preliminary report.
Richmond Primary School students Zhada, Leo, Imogen, Ben, Jai and Megan.
Richmond Primary School students Zhada, Leo, Imogen, Ben, Jai and Megan.Picture: Ian Munro/The West Australian

“We know how vital literacy skills are to setting students up for life beyond school, so the decline in writing scores and the flat-lining of reading results should act as a wake-up call that some changes are required.”

Senator Birmingham said the results showed why the Federal Government had commissioned a panel of experts to conduct a review into achieving educational excellence.

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority chief executive Robert Randall said the report, which provides a more detailed analysis than the preliminary report released in August, showed no significant improvement or decline on last year’s results.

At national level, writing results for Year 7s had declined since 2011. But there had been improvements across all year levels in most categories since the first national tests in 2008.

Aboriginal students had shown big gains in some year groups in reading, spelling, grammar and numeracy since 2008.

Mr Randall said the final analysis also showed that girls performed significantly better than boys in writing and grammar and punctuation across all years and students from non-English-speaking backgrounds performed better than their peers in spelling.

More than one million students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sat the NAPLAN tests in reading, spelling, writing, grammar and numeracy in May."

Here is a radical idea, how about going back to teaching those boring subjects the 3 R's full time. No need for gender fluidity discussions.

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 Posted: Dec 13 2017, 01:32 PM


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I agree with you Lee. It is past time to toss out the cooking and gardening lessons, the sex orientation and politically correct brainwashing “education” which passes for education these days. I had a discussion with a misty eyed 30 yo about what education means to me. He thought all the warm fuzzy stuff was wonderful. I asked why cooking, gardening, safe schools and other “progressive” ( as it appears to be called) education was consideredimportant, especially in pre-school and primary school education. He thought that they had to be taught these things while they are young so that they will know how to do these things. (Give me the child until it is six.........). I pointed out that a child who can read has all the world’s knowledge available and can very quickly google or find a book about, any topic imaginable and could soon find what he/she needed to know . It’s known as research and is a vital part of living and learning. I said that I thought basic skills of the 3 R s should get more attention and all would be the better for it. He gave me a sad, condescending smile and headed off to younger pastures.
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