The nationwide academic test NAPLAN is taken by 1.1 million students across 9,500 different schools throughout the nation. Testing in subjects like spelling, punctuation, numeracy, reading and persuasive writing are all used to gauge the strength of schools and territories across the country – and the latest results have placed the Australian Capital Territory at the top of the country yet again.
This could be great news for owners of Belconnen real estate, highlighting the strength of local schools and boosting the confidence of families across the area. Minister for education Joy Burch said that ACT students across all participating year levels (Years 3, 5, 7 and 9) ranked first or equal for 19 of the 20 subjects tested.
"Our Year 9 students – who were the first to sit NAPLAN as Year 3 students in 2008 – are ranked equal first in all 20 areas. We have seen significant improvements this year for Year 3 reading and grammar and punctuation, and Year 5 reading, spelling and numeracy when compared with the 2008 results," said Ms Burch in a 10 December statement.
These figures offer some insight into the continued strength of the ACT's development, especially with the next generation posting great academic results like this.