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The release of the preliminary data from the 2019 NAPLAN testing provides one snapshot of how students are progressing in their learning.
Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director Dr Lee-Anne Perry said this year’s data showed mixed results across the testing areas and across year groups.
“The Queensland data shows some encouraging trends, particularly in Year 3 Reading and Year 5 Writing results,” Dr Perry said.
“There are also areas, including Year 7 and Year 9 Writing, where schools will be looking at how they can improve outcomes.”
Dr Perry said while some challenges remained in ensuring the comparability of the online and paper tests, Catholic schools supported the move to online testing.
“Next year Catholic schools will once again represent the highest proportion of schools doing the tests online.
“We are keen to get the benefits of faster turn around in results and the adaptive or branched testing that online testing can provide.
“NAPLAN, however, is just one of a range of measures teachers use to assess how students are progressing.
“Any parents or carers with concerns about a student’s progress should talk to their teacher to get the best understanding of student progress.”