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Canberra NAPLAN results show ACT best students in Australia

Education Minister Joy Burch.

Education Minister Joy Burch. Photo: Lyn Mills

The territory’s school students continue to top the nation according to the latest national literacy and numeracy test results.

The preliminary NAPLAN 2013 report, published Friday, ranks the ACT’s year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students first or equal first  in sixteen out of 20 categories.

The national exams test students in five subject areas – reading, persuasive writing, grammar and punctuation, spelling and numeracy.

Canberra students came in at number one in reading, grammar and punctuation and numeracy across all year levels.

The territory’s year nine students topped the country in all five categories of testing.

Canberra students continued to excel in reading, with at least 96 per cent of students at all year levels scoring above or equal to the national minimum score.

ACT Education Minister Joy Burch said the territory had been the highest performing jurisdiction in reading every year since 2008, with students performing significantly above the national mean.

Canberra’s year three students topped the country in reading and numeracy, ranked equal first in grammar and punctuation, second in spelling and third in persuasive writing.

In year five, students were first or equal first in reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy, and second in persuasive writing.

Year seven students were ahead of their peers in other jurisdictions in reading, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy, and ranked second in persuasive writing and spelling.

The ACT has ranked first or equal first in grammar and punctuation and numeracy at all year levels since 2009.

“The pleasing results validate the significant investment the ACT Labor Government makes in our children’s education, and the great work of our fantastic teachers, principals and support staff,” Ms Burch said.

“The ACT recently signed up to the Better Schools (Gonski) reform, which will provide an additional $190 million for all ACT schools over the next six years, and I am confident that this will support our schools to continue to lead the nation.”

In May this year, approximately 17,600 students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participated in NAPLAN testing across the ACT.

The NAPLAN 2013 summary report only includes data at the jurisdiction level.

The full National Report which will include final results by demographic and geographic location, is scheduled for release in December 2013.


8 comments so far

  • This is hardly surprising - and is not evidence that the schools in the ACT are better than those in the states. The ACT also has the highest average incomes, the best educated parents, and only small proportion of disadvantaged students. The MySchools website compares the results of schools to statistically similar schools based on Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA). The ACT's results would be more impressive if we knew that it consistently outperformed schools where students had the same advantages at home as ACT students do.

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    September 13, 2013, 1:53PM
    • your argument is a logical fallacy. by outperforming *everyone* each year, the ACT schools are outperforming schools with "the same advantages at home as ACT students."

      unless you are implying that nowhere else in Australia can provide the same advantages as the ACT...?

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      September 13, 2013, 2:10PM
    • Wookiee, my reading of the article is that the ACT performed better than every other state and territory, not that ACT schools performed better than every other school in the country. On this basis, Martin's argument makes prefect sense, because the level of advantage in the ACT is, on average, higher than the level of advantage in other states and territories. Of course there are places in other states with similar levels of advantage, but other states also have significant areas of disadvantage, which bring their averages down.

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      September 13, 2013, 4:47PM
  • No it doesn't show the ACT has the best students in Australia. It shows the ACT students are better are doing NAPLAN tests. Because of the pressure on schools and teachers, students are tutored up to perform well on the test. It is called teaching to the test. There is now a whole industry of commercial tutoring products specifically tailored to improve NAPLAN scores. A higher NAPLAN score does not reflect actual academic achievement, merely that students have been regimented to do well on the test.

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    September 13, 2013, 4:07PM
    • Just found the labor party leaders can they start tomorrow. ?

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      September 13, 2013, 7:04PM
      • The reason why the ACT does better than the rest of Australia is because we have the highest percentage of students in non-government schools.

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        September 13, 2013, 9:48PM
        • Just another reason to be proud of my hometown.

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          September 13, 2013, 10:19PM
          • Well someone's got to win and the ACT should be proud of the fact.
            I don't understand all the hoo hah over these tests. parents and teachers have placed far too much stress and burden onto students, making NAPLAN a fear test.
            When you hear of little kids totally stressed over the tests I put the blame squarely back on the parents for overt expectations of their children.
            Not everyone is born a rocket scientist.
            it's the kids who aren't fairing well that we should be concerned about.

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            September 14, 2013, 12:48PM

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