Preliminary NAPLAN results released today show that student achievement has remained stable since the inception of the tests in 2008.

Data released by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) show some improvements nationally and in each state and territory particularly in primary years.

The results highlight that since 2008, reading, grammar and writing skills have improved for students in year 3 and spelling and numeracy have improved for year 5.

However secondary school results were more troubling. Results for writing skills have dropped whilst there were no changes in achievement for any of the remaining areas.

Robert Randall, ACARA’s Chief Executive Officer, said that while stability is good, the community may well expect more improvement over time.

“The 2015 results show that at a national level we are seeing little change in student achievement in these important areas of learning,” said Mr Randall.

“Improvement in NAPLAN results comes about when student learning improves. Literacy and numeracy are the foundations of learning at and beyond school. If student knowledge, skills and understanding are not improving in these areas, it is a cause for reflection.

“The release of the 2015 NAPLAN results provides another opportunity for all those involved in education to analyse the results and to celebrate success. But more importantly, it is an opportunity to reflect on how gains achieved by some can be experienced by many more students in many more places.”

Andrew Smith, Chief Executive Officer of 3P Learning Australia and a former teacher, viewed the results as an opportunity to build upon key learning outcomes.

“I believe Australian schools can be proud of their achievements in this years NAPLAN testing. We saw results in Queensland and Western Australia increase significantly, while NSW, ACT and Victoria are continuing to turn out great scores,” said Mr Smith.

“Teachers work tirelessly throughout the year and to see tangible results is a testament to their hard work and perseverance.

“We can now take the time to reflect upon the data that has been provided by ACARA and work towards filling the gaps in areas, such as spelling, that had less favourable results.”