National Report on Schooling in Australia 2010

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

7.4 Literacy and numeracy (First Page)

NAPLAN

National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) and Numeracy are conducted in May each year for students across Australia in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.

The 2010 NAPLAN National Report shows results at national and State/Territory levels by achievement levels and/or mean scores. Data are also presented by sex, Indigenous status, language background other than English, location, parental education and parental occupation at each year level and for each domain of the test. NAPLAN results are reported at the school level on the My School website.
Further information on NAPLAN is available on the National Assessment Program website and in theStudent achievement section of this report. This section of the report summarises information, at the national level, about the participation and results of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in NAPLAN 2010.

Key performance measures

The mean scale scores and proportion of students achieving at or above the national minimum standard in each domain and year level are specified as key performance measures (KPMs) in the Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia.

Table 7.8 shows the national percentages by Indigenous status of Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students whose results place them at or above the minimum standard for Reading and the mean scale scores for Reading, by Indigenous status.

 

Key Performance Measure 1(a)
Proportion of students achieving at or above the national minimum standard for Reading
Key Performance Measure 1(b)
NAPLAN mean scale scores for Reading


Table 7.8
      Achievement in Reading for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 at or above minimum standard and mean scale scores
                       by Indigenous status, Australia,
2010

Status

 

Percentage of students at or above national minimum standard (%)

Mean scale
score

Standard
deviation

Year 3

Indigenous

75.1

330.8

89.6

 

CI±

1.7

4.3

 

Non-Indigenous

95.0

418.6

80.5

 

CI±

0.2

1.0

 

All students

93.9

414.3

83.3

 

CI±

0.2

1.1

 

Year 5

 

 

 

Indigenous

66.2

409.6

81.7

 

CI±

1.8

3.8

 

Non-Indigenous

92.7

491.4

73.4

 

CI±

0.2

1.0

 

All students

91.3

487.4

76.1

 

CI±

0.3

1.1

 

Year 7

 

 

 

Indigenous

76.6

477.0

67.7

 

CI±

1.6

2.8

 

Non-Indigenous

95.9

549.6

66.5

 

CI±

0.2

1.3

 

All students

94.9

546.0

68.4

 

CI±

0.2

1.4

 

Year 9

 

 

 

Indigenous

64.2

505.6

67.1

 

CI±

1.9

2.9

 

Non-Indigenous

92.2

577.1

64.3

 

CI±

0.3

1.5

 

All students

90.8

573.7

66.2

 

CI±

0.4

1.5

 

 

Notes:

Exempt students were not assessed and are deemed not to have met the minimum standard.
CI = Confidence Interval
The percentages reported in this table include 95 per cent confidence intervals.
Confidence intervals should be used to compare data within 2010 only.
Sources: ACARA, National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy Achievement in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy 2010; ACARA (unpublished)
 

In 2010, Reading achievement was the highest for Year 7 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, with 76.6 per cent achieving at or above the national minimum standard, compared to the lowest achievement of 64.2 per cent for Year 9 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Further information about student achievement in Reading, by Indigenous status, is available from the 2010 NAPLAN National Report. Specific achievement data for Reading are included for Year 3 (p. 4), Year 5 (p. 68), Year 7 (p. 132) and Year 9 (p. 196).
Table 7.9 shows the national percentages by Indigenous status of Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students whose results place them at or above the minimum standard for Writing and the mean scale scores for Writing, by Indigenous status.

Key Performance Measure 1(c)

Proportion of students achieving at or above the national minimum standard for Writing

Key Performance Measure 1(d)

NAPLAN mean scale scores for Writing

Table 7.9       Achievement in Writing for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 at or above minimum standard and mean scale scores
                        by Indigenous status, Australia, 2010

Status

 

Percentage of students at or above national minimum standard (%)

Mean scale score

Standard
deviation

Year 3

Indigenous

79.0

342.2

91.0

 

CI±

1.9

4.8

 

Non-Indigenous

96.6

422.6

62.7

 

CI±

0.2

0.8

 

All students

95.5

418.6

66.8

 

CI±

0.2

0.9

 

Year 5

     

Indigenous

70.5

411.5

90.7

 

CI±

1.9

4.5

 

Non-Indigenous

94.4

489.1

65.2

 

CI±

0.2

0.8

 

All students

93.1

485.2

68.9

 

CI±

0.2

0.9

 

Year 7

 

 

 

Indigenous

69.8

459.7

90.9

 

CI±

1.8

4.0

 

Non-Indigenous

93.9

537.3

69.7

 

CI±

0.2

1.2

 

All students

 

92.6

533.5

72.9

 

CI±

0.3

1.3

 

Year 9

 

 

 

 

Indigenous

 

59.0

488.1

95.5

 

CI±

1.8

4.5

 

Non-Indigenous

 

88.7

571.6

78.5

 

CI±

0.4

1.6

 

All students

 

87.2

567.7

81.4

 

CI±

0.5

1.7

 

 

Notes:

Exempt students were not assessed and are deemed not to have met the minimum standard.
CI = Confidence Interval
The percentages reported in this table include 95 per cent confidence intervals.
Confidence intervals should be used to compare data within 2010 only.
Sources: ACARA, National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy Achievement in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy 2010; ACARA (unpublished)
 

 
The Year 3 Writing outcome for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students achieving at or above the national minimum standard (79.0 per cent) was the highest of all year levels for Writing and across the three the key domains in 2010. The proportion of Year 9 students at or above the national minimum standard in Writing (59.0 per cent) was the lowest for all year levels in Writing and in the other key domains in 2010.
Further information about student achievement in Writing, by Indigenous status, is available from the 2010 NAPLAN National Report. Specific achievement data for Writing are included for Year 3 (p. 15), Year 5 (p. 79), Year 7 (p. 143) and Year 9 (p. 207).