2014 NAPLAN summary (preliminary) information published: overall student achievement has remained stable across over the 2008–2014 and 2013–14 periods, with some increases in reading and grammar and punctuation across the 2008–2014 period, and a slight decline in writing.
This information is being released four weeks earlier than in the past. The early release reflects and builds on the Australian Government commitment for a faster turnaround of NAPLAN information. ACARA, with jurisdictions and contractors working together, has worked to shorten the analysis time and an earlier release of the summary information.
- Reading: The increase in performance relative to 2008 has been maintained in Years 3 and 5. There was no substantial change relative to 2013 performance in any year.
- Spelling: There was no substantial change in spelling relative to 2008 or 2013 for any year.
- Grammar and punctuation: Results for Years 3 and 7 indicate improvement on 2008 results. There was no substantial change relative to 2013 results.
- Numeracy: There was no substantial change relative to 2008 or 2013 performance in any years.
- Writing: Performance in all years appears to be lower compared to 2011. There appears to be a greater decrease relative to 2013 performance with Years 3 and 5 than Years 7 and 9.
- National minimum standard: The summary results also indicate that there has been some movement (up and down) in the number of students at or above the national minimum standard compared to 2013, although these are within the range that has been observed over last few years.
ACARA will continue with the arrangement of not announcing the style of writing to be tested. We will explore the use of different tasks for primary and secondary students. We will also consider using more than one style of writing. We believe that if there is a focus on teaching the full range of styles of writing, then results should improve.
How is the writing task developed?
An information timeline on how writing questions are developed and trialled can be accessed on our website.
See the information timeline (PDF 1.5 mb)
NAPLAN – The future – Moving assessment online
ACARA has been working closely with partners and stakeholders in preparation to move assessment online. Moving NAPLAN online will deliver significant benefits that include:
- tailoring of tests to students ability to better meet and assess the full range of student ability
- increasing the reliability and validity of the assessment for all students with no increase in testing time
- significantly reducing time for providing feedback on student performance to students, teachers and parents.
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