Data shows small rise in average reading and numeracy skills for primary school students, but decrease in writing results

The average reading and numeracy skills of Australian primary school students have improved only marginally in the 10 years since Naplan tests were introduced, while writing skills have deteriorated.

The education minister, Simon Birmingham, said Australian education remained good on a world standard but the reduction in the number of students who met the national minimum standards for writing skills was “a worry”.

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