No real gain for Aborigines at school, NAPLAN education figures show

Stephen Lunn’ 19/11/09

Indigenous children and those living in remote areas continue to do the worst academically and have gained no ground in the past year, despite widespread recognition of their disadvantage. National literacy and numeracy data released yesterday show very little improvement between 2008 and 2009 for indigenous children, with wide gaps also remaining between children living in the cities and remote regions. The federal government’s National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy for the first time breaks down its data by indigenous status, location and parental occupation to find Aboriginal children are falling further behind in some cases. For instance, for Year 5 reading, the results for indigenous children in metropolitan, provincial and remote areas were not significantly different from 2008 to 2009, with only students in very remote regions showing improvement in that time.