This is a summary of findings from AERO’s 2022 analysis of student writing data – the most extensive investigation into this area ever conducted in Australia. 

In 2022 AERO’s researchers analysed more than 10 million NAPLAN writing results, spanning 2011 to 2021, and 366 samples of students’ NAPLAN writing.  

Overall, our research suggests that students’ writing skills have declined over 7 years (2011 to 2018), with many high school students significantly behind the expectations outlined in curriculum documents. 

Keywords: educational datasets, data analysis, student performance, student progress

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Christine Jackson, Dr Lucy Lu, Dr Peter Knapp, Dr Wai Yin Wan, and Dr Olivia Groves
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