2013 NAPLAN Progress Fri 13 December 2013 Nick McKim Minister for Education and Skills ***EMBARGOED UNTIL 11AM*** The 2013 NAPLAN National Report confirms Tasmanian students have improved more strongly than interstate students in the past two years. It also highlights the success of the Tasmanian Government’s nation-leading Launching into Learning early years program - with Tasmania’s strongest NAPLAN improvements showing up in Year 3. “Since 2011, on average, Tasmania has improved by a greater margin than the rest of Australia across all NAPLAN measures,” Mr McKim said. “There’s been a really strong effort and investment to improve literacy and numeracy in the past few years “And the positive effects of Launching into Learning are just starting to show-up in our strong NAPLAN results at Year 3. “There’s still an unacceptable gap between the results of Australia’s wealthiest and most disadvantaged students. Gonski is all about closing that gap by funding schools more fairly. “The message to Tony Abbott, Christopher Pyne and Will Hodgman remains clear – Years Five and Six of Gonski Better Schools must be fully funded and delivered,” he said. Today’s report formalises September’s NAPLAN results, and examines them more closely, based on factors like gender, language, location, parent occupation and parent education. It confirms that: • Between 2011 and 2013 Tasmanian girls improved in 16 of the 20 assessments, and boys in 13 of the 20 assessments (based on the percentage of students at or above national minimum standard). • Tasmanian girls and boys have both improved more than the national rate of improvement, which is 11 and 10 out of the 20 assessments respectively. • Tasmania also has the smallest gap between the results of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students of any state or territory. Mr McKim said there are several encouraging signs of educational improvement in Tasmania – particularly in the early years. • Tasmania’s nation-leading Launching into Learning program now operates in every Tasmanian government primary school, and its positive effects are starting to show-up in rapidly improving Year 3 NAPLAN results. • Recent results show Launching into Learning is halving the number of students failing to achieve the minimum Prep reading standard (from about 20 to 10 per cent), and reducing by a third the number of students failing to achieve the minimum maths standard (from 18 to 12 per cent). • Launching into Learning is also boosting attendance by about two school days each year (compared to non-LiL students), and delivering strong improvements for disadvantaged children.