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Victorian schools and students lead the nation

Monday, 18 August 2014
National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results show Victorian students continue to perform at a high level, ranking the state among the highest performing jurisdictions in Australia, Minister for Education Martin Dixon said today.
 
“While parents can be confident that their children are developing vital skills for life, like literacy and numeracy, it is important we continue to drive improvement, from early primary school through to senior secondary and beyond,” Mr Dixon said. 
 
Mr Dixon said the data showed around 93 per cent of Victorian students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9, were performing at or above the national minimum standard in reading, with the area of greatest improvement occurring at year 3.
 
“It is pleasing that Year 5 reading has improved substantially over the medium term, but the Napthine Government wants more students achieving in the top bands. We also want higher levels of achievement in numeracy in the secondary years of schooling,” Mr Dixon said.
 
Mr Dixon said these results reinforce the importance of the Victorian Coalition Government’s drive to improve teaching and learning standards, and its sharp focus on student outcomes. 
 
"That is why we have delivered a range of targeted initiatives, such as training 200 teachers to become maths and science specialists, and additional funding to support disadvantaged students,” Mr Dixon said.
 
“We should also remember that the primary value of NAPLAN continues to be the individual student report to parents, while schools also benefit from the valuable range of information provided to them about the performance of all students at the individual, class and year level.” 
 
Schools receive detailed information on student performance on each question in the NAPLAN tests so they can track progress over time.
 
Parents of children who participated in NAPLAN testing will receive reports detailing their child’s achievement. These will be distributed by schools who will receive them from 2 September, 2014.
 
The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than in Labor’s last budget.
 
SNAPSHOT OF VICTORIA’S PERFORMANCE 2014
 
In line with previous years, Victoria, along with the ACT and NSW, are the highest performing jurisdictions in 2014.
 
In terms of mean scores, Victorian students continue to perform well. Across the five domains, our primary years students in particular perform above the remaining jurisdictions. 
 
In reading at least 93 per cent of Victorian students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are performing at or above the national minimum standard in 2014.
 
In numeracy at least 95 per cent of Victorian students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are at or above the national minimum standard in 2014.
 
 
 
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