The latest data on the academic performance of Australian schools has revealed “signs of improvement across the country”, the national curriculum authority says.

ABC reports, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has identified 79 schools that posted above-average improvements in NAPLAN scores for a second year in a row.

The Federal Government’s My School website has been updated with the latest financial and academic information about the more than 10,000 schools across the nation.

ACARA chief executive Robert Randall said the data showed widespread gains.

“There are signs of improvement across the country,” he said.

“The important thing is that there are schools across the country who are achieving this.

“It’s across the school sectors.”

The Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), reminded parents to look beyond the My School website when evaluating schools.

My School offers parents some insight into school performance on NAPLAN tests up to Year 9, but there are a host of parental concerns that the site does not address, and was not designed to address,” AHISA chairwoman Karen Spiller said in a statement.

“I strongly encourage parents to visit a school … rather than rely solely on the single dimension of NAPLAN results.”

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  • I hate the word Naplan. I worry when our daughter is doing it the stress she will feel to try and do well, when it is not the be all end all.


  • Good old NAPLAN! I reckon by the time my fourth toddler gets big enough to get to grade 5, I’ll have memorised the whole spelling list: “…gnarl, gnarled, knoll, gnome, gnaw, gnat……”. You know, the everyday spelling words every Queensland youngster uses.


  • seriously does anyone actually take notice of the NAPLAN when choosing a school?

    • I hope not! NAPLAN is rubbish and should be abolished.


  • Some children naturally have more learning ability than others. Some genuinely struggle. It must be difficult for teachers with big classes to give them extra help without the other children getting bored. This is where more teacher aids are needed.


  • I couldn’t agree more, actually visiting the school is vital.


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