Tassie NAPLAN literacy success

TASMANIAN students showed improvement in NAPLAN testing on 2011 results.

Yet the percentage of absences on the day of the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy tests was among the worst in the country.

About 24,000 students in grades 3, 5, 7 and 9 in Tasmanian public, Catholic and independent schools took part in the testing in May.

Education Minister Nick McKim said yesterday the final NAPLAN results showed improvements in 15 of 20 assessed areas.

The gap between results from the state and Australia also narrowed in 17 of 20 areas.

``The results confirm that we are improving educational outcomes for Tasmanian students, although there remains a lot of work to do,'' he said.

Mr McKim said the state's best results were in reading, which were close to the Australian average and writing results were also strong.

The gap between indigenous and non-indigenous students in all year levels was the smallest of any state, he said.

Mr McKim said compared to results in 2008, there had been statistical improvements in grades 3 and 5 reading and grade 5 numeracy.

However, Tasmania's absence rate in all year levels and almost all tests areas was consistently above the national average, with the Northern Territory higher.

Only grade 5 absence rates in three test areas were slightly better than the national average.

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