Western Australian schools boast another magnificent performance in the NAPLAN tests this year, after impressing the year before as well.
NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy And Numeracy) are tests which have been taken by students in Australia every year since 2008. The students that take part in those assessments are in the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th year levels, and the tests that they tackle are in numeracy, literacy, grammar and punctuation.
The tests are used as a way of determining how effective the education programs of each state and territory are. They also provide valuable information in order to help improve them.
Apart from helping the development of better education programs of the various regions, they also give a good example of the individual performance during tests of the participating students.
This also gives the parents a good idea how well their kids are performing in school.
So how did WA students performed this year?
Western Australian students managed to achieve their highest results ever in the NAPLAN this year.
Thanks to the performance of their students, WA schools have marked the biggest improvements out of any other state for the NAPLAN test. In fact, they managed to get the best scores in 6 of the assessments.
WA has proven to be one of the most improved states, showing significant growth each year since the start of the NAPLAN tests, ten years ago. Apart from the State record, the highest ever mean scores for the WA schools were achieved this year.
The 3rd year students are the ones bringing the most growth in the performance of the state, showing significant progress in both numeracy and reading.
Not everything is on the up for WA schools though
The results from NAPLAN were mixed, regardless of the new records, as the scores in writing, reading and numeracy of year 9 students failed to meet expectations.
As most students are expected to take at least one literacy or numeracy exam for their final year certificate, the fact that more than half of the 9th year students failed to meet the requirement for their writing exam is worrying.
The number of students who managed to achieve the desired level for numeracy and reading is also not very encouraging, as barely more than half of the year 9 students that participated in the tests have managed to achieve it.
This is a concern, considering that 9th year students that fail to achieve a certain result will have to sit another NAPLAN test in their 10th year.
What do the results mean for the state
The numbers are showing that there is a bright future for WA schools. The best results were among the 3rd and the 5th year students who are just starting their education. There is still room for improvement, but they have the means and the opportunity to achieve it.
The scores of the 9th year students however might be a reason for a concern. Could there be an issue with the education program for the upper year levels of WA schools or was that just a one-time weak performance?