National Report on Schooling in Australia 2010

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

7.4 Literacy and numeracy (Third Page)

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National Assessment Program (NAP) – Civics and Citizenship 
The National Sample Assessment in Civics and Citizenship commenced in 2004. Samples of Year 6 and Year 10 students participate in this assessment every three years. The NAP – Civics and Citizenship assessment measures students’ skills, knowledge and understandings of Australia’s system of government and civic life and also surveys their attitudes, values and participation in civic-related activities at school and in the community.
 
In 2010, 7,246 Year 6 students, of which four per cent identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, participated in the NAP – Civics and Citizenship assessment. For the Year 10 cohort, 6,409 students participated, of which three per cent identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. The participating students were from both government and non-government schools.
 
 
 

Table 7.12     Percentage of students participating in the NAP – Civics and Citizenship assessment by year level, by
                        Indigenous status, Australia, 2010

Indigenous status

Year 6

(%)

Year 10

(%)

Indigenous

4

3

Non-Indigenous

96

97

Missing data

2

4

 

Notes:

Codes used in the NAP – Civics and Citizenship Student Participation Form:
  • Non-Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander: Neither Aboriginal nor Torres Strait Islander origin
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander: Aboriginal but not Torres Strait Islander origin; Torres Strait Islander but not Aboriginal origin; Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin
  • Missing: not stated/unknown
Sources: ACARA, National Assessment Program – Civics and Citizenship Years 6 and 10 Report, 2010, Table A3.4, p. 142; ACARA, National Assessment Program – Civics and Citizenship Technical Report 2010, Table 5.1, p. 34
 
 

The proportion of students achieving at or above the proficient standard, Level 2 for Year 6 students and Level 3 for Year 10 students, in Civics and Citizenship is a key performance measure (KPM) in the Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia.

 
The proportion of students achieving at various proficiency levels by Indigenous status is reported in Table 7.13. 

 

Key Performance Measure 4

Proportion of students achieving at or above the proficient standard in Civics and Citizenship

Table 7.13       Proportion of students achieving at each proficiency level and at or above the proficient standards in
 Civics and Citizenship, by Indigenous status, Australia, 2010 (per cent)

 

 

Proficiency level (%)

Year 6

At or above the Proficient Standard

 

Below
 Level 1

Level 1

 

Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 or above

Indigenous

48

36

 

14

2

0

16

CI±

11.2

11.8

 

6.9

2.7

0.1

7.8

Non-Indigenous

12

35

 

39

13

1

54

CI±

1.7

2.0

 

2.4

1.5

0.6

2.6

Australia

13

35

 

38

13

1

52

CI±

1.7

1.9

 

2.3

1.4

0.6

2.4

 

 

 

Proficiency level (%)

Year 10

At or above the Proficient Standard

 

Below
 Level 1
Level 1
Level 2

 

Level 3
Level 4
Level 5 or above

Indigenous

19

26

38

 

15

2

17

CI±

8.1

9.3

10.3

 

7.5

3.0

7.7

Non-Indigenous

4

14

32

 

37

12

1

50

CI±

1.3

2.0

2.3

 

2.5

2.0

0.4

3.8

Australia

5

14

32

 

36

12

1

49

CI±

1.3

2.0

2.2

 

2.5

1.9

0.4

3.7

 

Notes:

The figures between the double lines indicate at or above the Proficient Standard.
 
Results are rounded to the nearest whole number.
 
CI± = Confidence Interval (1.96*SE)
 
No Indigenous students received a score at this level.
 
Source: ACARA, National Assessment Program – Civics and Citizenship Years 6 and 10 Report, 2010,
Table 4.11, p. 54 
 
 

Nationally, the performance of non-Indigenous students was higher than that of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at both year levels.¹ Fifty-four per cent of non-Indigenous Year 6 students performed at or above the Proficient Standard compared to 16 per cent of Indigenous students. Fifty per cent of non-Indigenous Year 10 students performed at or above the Proficient Standard compared to 17 per cent of Indigenous students. 

The NAP – Civics and Citizenship results in 2010 show a large gap in performance between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and non-Indigenous students. These findings are similar to those in previous assessments for both Years 6 and 10. 
 
The figures below represent the NAP – Civics and Citizenship results of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous students by year level using the data provided in Table 7.13.
  
Figure 7.10      Achievement of Year 6 students at each proficiency level and at or above the Proficient Standard in Civics
                          and Citizenship, by Indigenous status, Australia, 2010 (per cent)
 

 Figure 7.10 Achievement of Year 6 students at each

Note: The double line indicates the Proficient Standard.

 
Source: ACARA, National Assessment Program – Civics and Citizenship Years 6 and 10 Report, 2010,
Table 4.11, p. 54 and Table 3.1, p. 21
 

Figure 7.11
     Achievement of Year 10 students at each proficiency level and at or above the Proficient Standard in Civics
                         and Citizenship, by Indigenous status, Australia, 2010 (per cent)
 Figure 7.11 Achievement of Year 10 students at eac
Note: The double line indicates the Proficient Standard.
 
Source: ACARA, National Assessment Program – Civics and Citizenship Years 6 and 10 Report, 2010,
Table 4.11, p. 54 and Table 3.1, p. 21
 
The National Assessment Program – Civics and Citizenship Years 6 and 10 Report for 2010 is available on the National Assessment Program website.
 

 



¹ ACARA, National Assessment Program – Civics and Citizenship Years 6 and 10 Report, 2010, p. xviii