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NT disadvantage behind dismal NAPLAN stats

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The high rates of indigenous school children living in remote areas have contributed to the Northern Territory's disappointing NAPLAN results, its government says.

The NT has improved primary reading and numeracy standards since 2008, but continues to lag significantly behind the rest of the country in all domains and years.

Half of Year 9 students didn't meet the national minimum standard for writing, while only 62 per cent of Year 5 students reached the overall benchmark.

Education Minister Eva Lawler says it reflects the higher levels of socio-economic disadvantage in the Territory, especially in remote Aboriginal communities where many kids have English as a second language and struggle with low school attendance.

She's calling on Canberra to commit more cash to help close the gap between indigenous students in the bush and their non-indigenous Australian peers.


IMAGE/Students read along during a direct instruction literacy class for a group of nine to 11-year-olds at Borroloola primary school, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The government hopes the repetitive, phonetic teaching model is the answer to woeful results in remote communities. (AAP Image/Neda Vanovac)