National Report on Schooling in Australia 2011

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

7.4 Literacy and numeracy (First Page)
 

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

The 2011 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, geolocation, 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 Part 5: Student achievement. This section of the report summarises information, at the national level, about the participation and results of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in NAPLAN 2011.

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 7.10 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 7.10
     Achievement in Reading for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 at or above minimum standard and
                         mean scale scores by Indigenous status, Australia, 2011


Status

 

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

Mean scale
score

Standard
deviation

Year 3

Indigenous

76.3

331.6

89.7

 

CI±

1.7

4.0

 

Non-Indigenous

94.9

420.4

84.9

 

CI±

0.2

1.1

 

All students

93.8

415.7

87.5

 

CI±

0.2

1.2

 

Year 5

 

 

 

Indigenous

66.4

409.8

83.0

 

CI±

1.7

4.1

 

Non-Indigenous

92.9

492.3

73.5

 

CI±

0.2

1.0

 

All students

91.5

488.1

76.3

 

CI±

0.3

1.1

 

Year 7

 

 

 

Indigenous

77.1

475.3

66.6

 

CI±

1.4

2.6

 

Non-Indigenous

95.7

543.7

65.6

 

CI±

0.2

1.3

 

All students

94.7

540.2

67.5

 

CI±

0.3

1.3

 

Year 9

 

 

 

Indigenous

71.9

518.1

66.3

 

CI±

1.6

2.7

 

Non-Indigenous

93.5

582.5

64.5

 

CI±

0.3

1.5

 

All students

92.4

579.5

66.2

 

CI±

0.3

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 2011 only.

Sources: ACARA, National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy Achievement in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy 2011; ACARA (unpublished)

 

 
In 2011, Reading achievement was the highest for Year 7 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, with 77.1 per cent achieving at or above the national minimum standard, compared to the lowest achievement of 66.4 per cent for Year 5 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Further information about student achievement in Reading, by Indigenous status, is available from the 2011 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 7.11 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 7.11         Achievement in Persuasive Writing for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 at or above minimum 

                            standard and mean scale scores by Indigenous status, Australia, 2011

Status

 

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

Mean scale score

Standard
deviation

Year 3

Indigenous

79.9

343.5

88.9

 

CI±

1.6

4.0

 

Non-Indigenous

96.2

420.1

63.1

 

CI±

0.2

0.8

 

All students

95.3

415.9

67.1

 

CI±

0.2

0.9

 

Year 5

     

Indigenous

68.9

408.1

89.8

 

CI±

1.8

4.0

 

Non-Indigenous

93.9

486.7

65.6

 

CI±

0.2

0.9

 

All students

92.5

482.6

69.3

 

CI±

0.3

1.0

 

Year 7

 

 

 

Indigenous

66.9

454.5

91.1

 

CI±

1.6

3.9

 

Non-Indigenous

92.6

533.2

72.5

 

CI±

0.3

1.4

 

All students

 

91.1

529.1

75.8

 

CI±

0.3

1.4

 

Year 9

 

 

 

 

Indigenous

 

55.0

483.0

95.6

 

CI±

1.7

4.0

 

Non-Indigenous

 

86.4

570.2

83.7

 

CI±

0.5

1.9

 

All students

 

84.8

565.9

86.5

 

CI±

0.6

2.0

 

 

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 2011 only.

Sources: ACARA, National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy Achievement in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy 2011; ACARA (unpublished)

 

 

The Year 3 Writing outcome for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students achieving at or above the national minimum standard (79.9 per cent) wasthe highest of all year levels for Writing in 2011. The proportion of Year 9 students at or above the national minimum standard in Writing (55.0 per cent) was the lowest for all year levels in Writing and across the three key domains in 2011.

Further information about student achievement in Writing, by Indigenous status, is available from the 2011 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).