TASMANIA'S preliminary National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy results released yesterday show there is still much work to be done to meet the national minimum standards.
The state fell below the Australian minimum standards across all five NAPLAN tested areas - reading, persuasive writing, spelling, grammar-punctuation and numeracy - in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 this year.
This was despite the trend result showing there was an equal measure of improvements and declines across all areas.
The overall best year level performance when comparing the state with the national minimum standard was in year 3, where we ranked fifth in reading, persuasive writing and numeracy, sixth in grammar-punctuation and seventh in spelling compared with the rest of the country.
The overall best performance was in year 7 reading, where the state ranked fourth in Australia.
Since NAPLAN testing began in 2008, Tasmania has made a significant overall improvement in just one area - year 5 reading.
Education Minister Nick McKim said yesterday that the 25,000 students who sat this year's testing in May consolidated their progress but there was more to do.
``An analysis of any set of results reveals areas where we are doing well and those where we need to refocus our energy,'' Mr McKim said.
``Over the last two years there has been an enormous effort at a system and school level to improve the literacy and numeracy outcomes of Tasmanian students.''
Opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson said the results were not surprising and demonstrated that schools and teachers needed better government leadership to improve the education system.
This included focusing on quality teaching, student results, attendance, behaviour and year 12 retention rates.
He said that if the Liberals were to form government next year, they would ensure NAPLAN results were at or above the national average within six years.
Both the Australian Education Union state branch and the Tasmanian Association of State School Organisations have increasingly raised concerns about NAPLAN testing and said there was nothing significant about this year's results.