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NSW NAPLAN shows reading, writing decline

AAP logoAAP 3/08/2016 Ethan James

The NSW education minister says students are "heading in the right direction" despite preliminary NAPLAN results showing reading and writing skills have deteriorated.

Preliminary NAPLAN data, released on Wednesday, show an Australian-wide plateau in literacy and numeracy skills.

NSW results reveal reading and writing scores have slightly dipped, while numeracy has improved by 0.51 per cent.

But NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli says NSW remains in the top three states and territories across Years 3, 5 ,7 and 9.

"NSW is heading in the right direction, evidenced by a greater number of students placing in the top two NAPLAN bands," he said.

Mr Piccoli says NSW leads the country in spelling and believes recent HSC reforms will push students to reach higher levels.

The changes, announced in July, mean NSW senior students have to meet minimum Year 9 literacy and numeracy standards to be eligible for a HSC from 2020 onwards.

The Australian Teachers Union has urged the federal government to proceed with Gonski needs-based funding in light of the flatlining scores.

Year 3, 5, 7, and 9 students are expected to receive their NAPLAN results from mid-August.

PRELIMINARY 2016 NAPLAN RESULTS

READING

* Australia: 0.4 per cent boost to scores

* NSW: 0.09 per cent decline

WRITING

* Australia: 0.2 per cent decline

* NSW: 0.69 per cent decline

NUMERACY

* Australia: 1.26 per cent boost

* NSW: 0.51 per cent boost

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