The 2015 NAPLAN summary released shows there has been limited improvement in national numeracy and literacy results, and Australia needs to do better if we are going to keep up with the rest of the world. 

At a time when our schools should be a national priority – and other countries in our region are recording significant improvements – Tony Abbott has ripped $30 billion from our classrooms.

The Government has also walked away from the accountability and improvement measures put in place under Labor’s Gonski reforms – changes designed to lift student results.

“Tony Abbott’s massive cuts will rob teachers and principals of the tools they need to lift results,” Shadow Education Minister, Kate Ellis, said.

“They have pushed back School Improvement Plans, handed money to the states with ‘no strings attached’, and refused to enforce the Gonski agreements that were designed to meet the needs of students.

“We know what the problems are in our school system – and we have the solutions. But we don’t have a federal government prepared to implement them.

“School improvement is more urgent than ever. In the global race for skills and jobs, we need to be among the world’s best, not just standing still.

Kate Ellis emphasised that while NAPLAN was only one measure of an individual student’s progress, it gave parents, governments and the community an important overall indication of how our schools are faring.