Kids with a parent born overseas have better NAPLAN scores

JUST because your parents drive a Mercedes does not mean you will be a better school student, but new research has found having a mum or dad who was born overseas generally translates to better marks.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics used 2011 Census data for Queensland to find out whether a family's wealth had any bearing on a child's NAPLAN test results.

Researchers found no clear relationship between household income and students' grades. Factors such as parents' education and employment status did have an impact.

Children with working and highly-educated parents performed considerably better on NAPLAN, regardless of their family's income, than those whose parents were not employed.

Families with only one employed parent were 4% less likely to have their children meet national numeracy standards than those with both parents working, even if their household incomes were identical.

Having an internet connection at home was also a major factor - city students with no web access were more than twice as likely to fall below the national minimum reading standard as those with access.

The difference was even more pronounced in remote and very remote areas, where kids with no internet connection were three times more likely to fail.

One of the most telling findings was that students raised in housing authority homes were vastly more likely to fail at school, with 18% flunking numeracy tests, 21% for reading and 25% for writing.

And having at least one parent born overseas was another boon, marks-wise, with those students performing better than the national average on all academic fronts.

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KEY FINDINGS

- Students with at least one parent born overseas tend to have better NAPLAN scores than students with both parents born in Australia

- One in five foster children scored below the national minimum standard for reading and numeracy

- Parental employment has a positive effect on a child's NAPLAN scores, regardless of household income

- After controlling for other factors such as parental education and employment, there was no clear relationship between household income and NAPLAN performance

- Students with no internet at home have poorer NAPLAN scores, particularly in remote areas

- Children of home owners tend to score better in NAPLAN

- When all other variables were held constant, both parental education and students' English proficiency had considerable positive impacts on NAPLAN results

- Girls out-performed boys on reading and writing

- Indigenous students were more than three times more likely to score below the minimum national standard in all areas



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