Alarming NAPLAN results show Qld students falling behind Australia in every subject

The much-anticipated preliminary NAPLAN results have been released for another year, and it’s not the best news for Queensland students…

According to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, Queensland students scored lower than the national average at every year level and in every subject.

Qld Students had lower scores in 12 of the 20 categories compared to one year ago, while around the country students received lower scores in nine categories.


The results also show that the number of Year 3 and 5 students reaching the national standard was either below or equal to the national standard across the board.

However, the most alarming is that the reading and writing scores for Queensland students in Year 9 were among the worst in Australia, with more than 22 per cent failing to meet the national minimum standard for writing, and more than nine per cent for reading.

Despite this, it’s not all bad news – with Queensland’s NAPLAN results steadily rising since the tests were introduced ten years ago.

Education Minister Grace Grace praised Queensland students for their improvement in the annual testing.

“I congratulate the 244,000 Queensland school students in Years 3,5,7 and 9 who completed the NAPLAN tests in May,” Ms Grace said.

“This year’s results continue to confirm Queensland as one of the most improved states since testing began in 2008.”

“It is great to see our students improving in 17 of 20 NAPLAN test areas against National Minimum Standard, Mean Scale Score and Upper two Bands.”

Ms Grace confirmed that the Queensland Government has committed to participating in a further cross-jurisdictional review of NAPLAN with New South Wales and Victoria.

She said that the State Government could not “ignore the concerns of parents, teachers and students, and other states and territories.”

“After more than 10 years, it’s time for a comprehensive national review of NAPLAN to ensure it remains current and responsive to changes in education,” she said.