Qld Students Rated Among Worst In Country For This Skill
Queensland's education minister is focusing on the positives after NAPLAN results showed year seven and nine students have some of the worst writing skills in the country.
According to preliminary results, only the Northern Territory performed worse than Queensland in writing skills, but nationally results were poor.
Other areas, including literacy and numeracy in Queensland, showed no significant improvement since the 2015 test.
But Education Minister Kate Jones said Queensland had outperformed the rest of Australia in 16 out of the 20 test areas in terms of the national minimum standard.
"When you think about when NAPLAN first came in, Queensland was seventh or eighth in nearly every single area," she told ABC radio on Wednesday.
The sunshine state has made up ground in its overall result, she said.
For the first time since testing began in 2008, Queensland ranked first in an area - year three grammar and punctuation.
Ms Jones credited a decade of education reform, including the introduction of prep and universal access to kindergarten, for the change.
She was optimistic about writing skills improving in future tests.
"What is encouraging for me is that we are doing very well at reading, grammar, spelling and punctuation, so I think that the foundational blocks for writing are there much more than they've ever been," she said.
Independent Schools Queensland Executive Director David Robertson agreed that education reforms had paid off.
"Schools and teachers will use the data at a local level to identify enhancements they can make to teaching and learning programs, as well as target individual children requiring extra assistance and those who would benefit from extension work," he said.
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