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SA students still behind but improving

AAP logoAAP 3/08/2016

Hardship among South Australians has contributed to the state's NAPLAN results dragging behind the rest of the country, the state government says.

Preliminary results released on Wednesday show SA has scored lower than the national average in 19 out of 20 of the test categories.

Education Minister Susan Close says the state's socioeconomic profile plays a role in its results, but the new results aren't all grim.

"We do have a higher proportion of people from a low SES background than most other states. That does have an effect on NAPLAN results," she told ABC radio.

"And yet, despite that, we are concentrating on how we spend our money, making sure that children who need more get more, and we are closing in on the Australian average."

The results show SA's overall mean scores have improved since 2013, with a 0.24 per cent boost in reading, 0.47 per cent in writing and 1.63 per cent in numeracy.

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