THE VAST majority of students who participated in NAPLAN testing this year were at, or above, the minimum standards, but there's still a long way to go, School Education Minister Peter Garrett said on Friday.
About 92% of the one million Year 3, 5 and 7 students who took part in the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy test were performing well, Mr Garrett said.
"Year 3 students are performing particularly well, with statistically significant improvements in reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation between 2008 and 2012," he said.
There were also improvements across all year levels in spelling, and in Year 7 grammar and punctuation, but there were some falls in student performance, including in writing in most year groups.
Mr Garrett said the preliminary results show Australia's overall school performance remained steady since 2008.
"But they also show that there is a long way to go in meeting the national goal of reaching the world's top five by 2025 in maths, reading and science and for equity in school performance," he said
Parents and teachers can now access a summary of the NAPLAN results on the My School website.
Individual student reports will be sent to parents by education authorities from Monday, and the full national report will be released at the end of the year.
- New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory produced the highest results across all year levels and areas tested for the fourth consecutive year.
- The ACT had the highest mean scale score for reading, grammar and punctuation and numeracy at all year levels.
- Average scores for Year 5 spelling showed a marked improvement in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, ACT and Western Australia.
- Year 9 results have been stable in all test subjects since 2008, indicating there may need to be a greater focus on the core skills of early secondary year students.