NAPLAN results are out today, and the results have flatlined despite record funding in education.
Senator Simon Birmingham is the Federal Minister for Education, and he writes for Mamamia.
Most schools and teachers do a great job setting up students for success in life but the plateau in NAPLAN results from the latest data is a call to action for us all.
We need to have a sensible conversation based on facts and evidence about what our teachers, educators, students and parents can do to lift performance.
For all the focus on dollars in education, now we need some sense. The 2016 NAPLAN results point to an increase in reading scores across the country of 0.40 per cent since 2013, a decrease in writing scores of -0.20 per cent and an increase in numeracy of 1.26 per cent across all year levels. Over the same period there has been a 23.7 per cent increase in federal school funding.