The report on the 2018 NAPLAN results has revealed that Indigenous students’ results have improved in reading and spelling in years three and five, and in numeracy in years three, five and nine, according to an article by ABC News.
However, when compared against their non-Indigenous counterparts there is still a gap in literacy skills, and at the current rate of improvement this looks set to continue well into the next century.
ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher said, ‘It’s interesting to compare the 2018 NAPLAN results with the Australian Early Development Census 2018 report, released in March this year, which showed the percentage of children on-track to develop necessary language and cognitive skills as 84.4% - a tiny decrease on the 2015 result of 84.6%.
'For Indigenous children, 62.6% were on-track compared with 85.8% for non-Indigenous. Both sets of results suggest that we are on the right path, but there is still some way to go to ensure all Australian children are getting the best possible start’ she said.
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment of the literacy and numeracy skills of students in Years, 3, 5, 7 and 9. For more information see the website.
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