Pandemic statistically had no ‘significant impact’ on Aussie schoolchildren

The COVID-19 pandemic had "no statistically significant impact" on the literacy and numeracy skills of Australian schoolchildren, the 2021 NAPLAN National Report has found. The report, released today, revealed the skills of schoolchildren were relatively unscathed by the learning disruptions brought on by the pandemic, despite multiple lockdowns which forced many students to learn remotely throughout 2020 and this year. The NAPLAN tests were conducted in May before the Delta outbreak in Sydney and Melbourne that led to hundreds of thousands of students learning remotely for months. READ MORE: Sweeping changes to Victoria's COVID-19 restrictions The findings follow data in August which indicated that students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 continued to perform on par with those in 2019. "The NAPLAN results for 2021 indicate that when compared with 2019 – the last NAPLAN taken pre-COVID – achievement in numeracy, reading and writing remained largely stable at a national level for all studen..

The COVID-19 pandemic had "no statistically significant impact" on the literacy and numeracy skills of Australian schoolchildren, the 2021 NAPLAN National Report has found.

The report, released today, revealed the skills of schoolchildren were relatively unscathed by the learning disruptions brought on by the pandemic, despite multiple lockdowns which forced many students to learn remotely throughout 2020 and this year.

The NAPLAN tests were conducted in May before the Delta outbreak in Sydney and Melbourne that led to hundreds of thousands of students learning remotely for months.

READ MORE: Sweeping changes to Victoria's COVID-19 restrictions

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The findings follow data in August which indicated that students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 continued to perform on par with those in 2019.

"The NAPLAN results for 2021 indicate that when compared with 2019 – the last NAPLAN taken pre-COVID – achievement in numeracy, reading and writing remained largely stable at a national level for all students," ACARA CEO David de Carvalho said.

However, there were significant gaps between students in metropolitan areas and those living in the regions, with city-based schoolchildren performing better than their regional counterparts.

Alarmingly, students in remote areas were behind by approximately three years of schooling, Acara's analysis of the Naplan data showed.

Gaps were also apparent in gender, more-so in secondary school students, as well as between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

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According to the data, girls were increasingly outperforming boys in reading and writing, while boys were performing better in numeracy.

The report showed Victoria had the highest number of students performing at or above the national minimum standard of any state or territory on 13 of the 20 NAPLAN measures.

The ACT was the next-best jurisdiction with five.

"I thank every teacher, tutor, principal, family and everyone else who supported Victorian students through 2021 – our nation-leading results show despite the pandemic's challenges, our kids are learning better than ever before," Victoria's Education Minister James Merlino said.

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