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Indicator 22 Students achieving mean score in literacy and numeracy


Students Achieving Mean Score in Literacy and Numeracy


Indicator  description

The mean scale score of ACT students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in National Assessment Program: Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing in literacy (reading and writing) and numeracy. Also included is the performance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the ACT.

What do we  measure?

The results are based on the performance of students at each year level who participated in the NAPLAN testing each year. The mean scale score is the sum of a student scores divided by the number of scores in each year level in the NAPLAN testing for a particular year.

Why is this important?

Literacy and numeracy skills acquired in the schooling years are the building blocks for further education, social development and employment. The ability to read, write and perform mathematics is essential in day-to-day life and for educational opportunities and employment prospects.37

Policy Context

The ACT Government is in the process of asking the community their views on what we could be doing differently in our schools through the Future of Education project.

ACT schools use NAPLAN data to support decision making and determine strategies at the school level to improve student learning outcomes. The Education Directorate is committed to empowering all school leadership teams to make local decisions about the professional development and training opportunities that best meet the needs of their staff and the directorate focus on evidence-driven school improvement and priorities.

Improving student outcomes in literacy and numeracy in ACT public schools is prioritised through the directorate's Strategic Plan 2018-21: A leading learning organisation.38

How is the ACT progressing?

Table 30: Mean score of Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students in reading, writing and numeracy in the ACT and Australia, 2013-17

 

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

ACT

Aust.

ACT

Aust.

ACT

Aust.

ACT

Aust.

ACT

Aust.

Year 3

Reading

442

419

439

418

443

426

441

426

444

431

 

Writing

421

416

404

402

420

416

420

421

415

414

 

Numeracy

413

397

414

402

410

398

412

402

418

409

Year 5

Reading

519

502

522

501

521

499

514

502

520

506

 

Writing

486

478

473

468

486

478

474

476

479

473

 

Numeracy

498

486

497

488

502

493

497

493

498

494

Year 7

Reading

561

541

567

546

566

546

558

541

562

545

 

Writing

527

517

523

512

522

511

519

515

522

513

 

Numeracy

550

542

557

546

549

543

556

550

559

554

Year 9

Reading

600

580

597

580

599

580

601

581

596

581

 

Writing

570

554

559

550

559

547

557

549

565

552

 

Numeracy

597

584

594

588

600

592

597

589

596

592

Source: NAPLAN, Achievement in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy, National Report 2017.

Table 31: NAPLAN mean score of Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students by sex in the ACT and Australia, 2017  Source: NAPLAN, Achievement in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy, National Report 2017.

  

Year 3

Year 5

Year 7

Year 9

  

ACT

Australia

ACT

Australia

ACT

Australia

ACT

Australia

Reading

Male

435

422

515

500

556

538

590

575

 

Female

454

441

526

512

568

552

602

588

Writing

Male

402

401

467

460

505

497

547

534

 

Female

429

426

493

485

541

530

583

571

Numeracy

Male

423

413

503

498

563

556

602

596

 

Female

413

406

491

490

554

552

590

588

Source: NAPLAN, Achievement in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy, National Report 2017.

Table 31: The mean score of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students in reading, writing and numeracy in the ACT and Australia from 2013-17

 

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

ACT

Aust.

ACT

Aust.

ACT

Aust.

ACT

Aust.

ACT

Aust.

Year 3

Reading

375

344

359

333

371

343

369

347

377

353

 

Writing

370

341

357

328

368

346

369

358

365

348

 

Numeracy

363

332

356

332

349

330

348

337

361

342

Year 5

Reading

475

439

461

422

456

425

465

422

465

432

 

Writing

444

400

424

392

429

406

435

412

435

407

 

Numeracy

447

417

443

418

447

428

444

426

449

431

Year 7

Reading

523

472

516

479

519

484

508

476

505

476

 

Writing

479

437

473

431

473

428

472

443

466

435

 

Numeracy

502

476

504

479

499

481

500

480

503

485

Year 9

Reading

549

520

540

517

552

518

552

520

545

517

 

Writing

512

471

490

466

496

458

506

474

504

465

 

Numeracy

526

508

536

523

545

532

551

527

550

534

Source: NAPLAN, Achievement in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy, National Report 2017.

Table 33: The mean score of non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students in reading, writing and numeracy in the ACT and Australia from 2013-17

 

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

ACT

Aust.

ACT

Aust.

ACT

Aust.

ACT

Aust.

ACT

Aust.

Year 3

Reading

444

423

441

423

445

431

443

431

446

436

 

Writing

423

420

405

407

421

421

421

425

416

418

 

Numeracy

415

401

415

406

412

402

413

406

420

414

Year 5

Reading

520

506

524

505

522

503

515

506

522

510

 

Writing

487

482

475

473

487

483

476

480

481

477

 

Numeracy

499

490

499

492

504

497

499

497

499

498

Year 7

Reading

562

544

569

550

567

550

559

545

563

549

 

Writing

528

521

525

516

523

516

521

519

524

518

 

Numeracy

551

546

558

550

550

546

557

554

560

558

Year 9

Reading

601

584

599

584

600

584

602

584

598

585

 

Writing

572

559

561

555

560

552

558

554

566

557

 

Numeracy

599

588

596

591

601

595

599

593

597

595

Source: NAPLAN, Achievement in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy, National Report 2017.

The ACT has consistently performed above the national average in all subjects across all school years. ACT mean scores for reading and numeracy were highest or equal highest in the country.In writing, nationally and in the ACT, a gender gap is pervasive and well established at Year 3. By Year 9, female students are on average writing to a standard 18 months to 24 months ahead of their male peers.

ACT females had higher mean scores than males for reading, whilst the males had higher mean scores for numeracy across all domains.

In 2017, as in previous years, in the ACT, and across Australia, the mean scores for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students were significantly lower than the mean scores for non-Indigenous students across all year levels and all domains.

37 ACT Government 2016, A Picture of Children and Young People in the ACT 2016
38 ACT Government 2018, Education Directorate Strategic Plan 2018–21

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