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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Strong NAPLAN results reaffirm Government’s commitment to education

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Wednesday, August 02, 2017

    Strong NAPLAN results reaffirm Government’s commitment to education

    Queensland students are reaping the benefits of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to restoring frontline services, receiving some of the state’s highest ever NAPLAN results.

    Visiting Musgrave Hill State School in Southport today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Education Minister Kate Jones congratulated the 240,000 Queensland school students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 who completed the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test in May.

    The Premier said her Government was committed to delivering quality education to all students across Queensland and the latest NAPLAN results reaffirmed the importance of this commitment.

    “I’m pleased to say that our students have recorded some of their highest scores since NAPLAN testing began in 2008,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “It’s clear that my Government’s investment in education is delivering real results for our students in Queensland.

    “My Government has employed more than 3095 extra teachers and teacher aides to improve education in Queensland state schools.

    “We are also investing $152 million over three years through our Extra Teachers commitment, to deliver 875 new teaching positions above growth in state schools.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said Queensland’s 2017 NAPLAN results confirmed the long-term trend of lifting literacy and numeracy outcomes across the state.

    “This is great news for students – and for Queensland, as we know our students will be armed with the numeracy and literacy skills needed to exceed in future educational and vocational pursuits,” she said.

    “Overall, Queensland’s strongest results occurred in Years 3, 5 and 7 and numeracy was a standout area of improvement across all year levels.

    “These are great results and my Government is committed to seeing Queensland achieve even more outstanding results in the future, with our record $9.8 billion investment in education in the 2017-18 budget and our commitment to ensuring every Prep class has a teacher aide.”

    Ms Jones said Queensland was lifting achievement across the board.

    “What the results show is not only are we seeing more children meet the national minimum standards, but we’re also seeing our students moving from the lower performance bands into the upper performance bands,” she said.

    “Year 3 and Year 5 students have shown particularly strong performance in reading and Years 5 and 7 students have achieved strong results in Spelling.

    “There are some great results for Queensland in this preliminary report and I thank our students for their hard work and teachers, school staff, parents and carers for supporting and encouraging them.

    “These results vindicate the hard work that teachers do in our classrooms every day.”

    The proportion of Queensland students achieving in the Upper Two Bands (U2B) was the highest the state has ever achieved in 11 of 20 test areas.

    In 2017, Queensland students also had the best results ever in nine of 20 test areas for the Mean Scale Score (MSS) and four of 20 test areas in the National Minimum Standard (NMS).

    Ms Jones said schools would receive their students’ NAPLAN results from today and would begin to distribute these to parents and carers soon afterwards.

    NAPLAN is a nationwide annual assessment of all students in government and non-government schools in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, covering Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation, and Numeracy.

    The National Report containing final results for 2017 will be released in December.

     

    Media contact:

    Premier’s Office: Kirby Anderson 0417 263 791 or Geoff Breusch 0417 272 875

    Minister Jones’ office: Matt Jutsum 0408 998 940