NAPLAN: Queensland records second-lowest writing test score averages in 2016 tests

Queensland recorded the second-lowest writing test score averages across Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 in the 2016 NAPLAN test, summary results show.

The state's ranking in writing dropped to seventh, ahead of only the Northern Territory.

Older students performed the poorest, with 78.9 per cent of Year 9 students meeting national minimum standards, down from 85 per cent in 2011.

But 96.7 per cent of Year 3 students met the benchmark, up from 94.3 per cent in 2011.

The state result comes amid an overall stalling of literacy and numeracy skills in NAPLAN results nationwide, with a significant decrease in writing results for years 7 and 9.

Queensland Education's performance monitoring and reporting executive director Chris Kinsella acknowledged there was "room for improvement".

He said the department, along with the Brisbane-based Learning Science Institute Australia, started a review earlier this year into writing practices.

"Our Minister has advocated through the Education Council for ACARA [Australian Curriculum Assessment Reporting Authority] to undertake a national review of writing," Mr Kinsella said.

Education Minister Kate Jones said there was concern nationally about how writing skills were being tested through NAPLAN.

"Writing results across the nation are not great when you compare them to improvement in areas such as grammar, punctuation and spelling," she said.

She hoped recently announced curriculum changes, taking effect next year, would also help.

"This will give our teachers more time to do work with their students in regards to writing."

Year 3 students rise above rest of country

The proportion of Queensland students meeting or exceeding minimum standards was above the national average in 16 out of 20 categories.

The majority of Year 3 students - 96.6 per cent - met or exceeded the benchmark for grammar and punctuation, the highest proportion in the country.

"We are getting more students across the line in terms of minimum standards," Mr Kinsella said.

"Where our focus is going forward obviously is getting them further up the ladder in terms of performance."

Source: ABC News

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