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Take a look at the NAPLAN Numeracy Trends for 2008 – 2013.

These trends are based on an analysis of both national and regional mean scale scores, national minimum standards and participation rates.

*Data Sources: 2013 NAPLAN Summary Report; 2013 NAPLAN National Report;

MEAN SCALE SCORES

Mean Scale Scores: NAPLAN results are measured at a student level against an assessment scale in each of the areas tested.  The scales span all the year levels from Year 3 to Year 9, and are divided into 10 bands, with scores from 0-1000.  Not all bands are reported for each year level. (Source: NAPLAN)

In 2013:

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  • ACT was the strongest performing state across all year groups, followed by VIC and NSW.
  • NT was the weakest performing state across all year groups.
  • ACT, VIC and NSW exhibited mean scale scores above the national average in all year groups.
  • TAS, QLD, SA and NT exhibited mean scale scores below the national average in all year groups.
  • WA exhibited mean scale scores below the national average in all year groups except Year 9.

*See Table below.

Over the past 6 years (since 2008):

Year3
      • As a nation, the mean scale score remained constant.
      • QLD recorded a significant improvement in numeracy performance.
Year5
  • As a nation, the mean scale score moderately increased.
  • QLD, WA and ACT all recorded significant improvements in numeracy performance.
Year7
  • As a nation, the mean scale score marginally declined.
  • WA recorded a strong performance, improving their average score to rank ahead of TAS and SA.
Year9
  • As a nation, the mean scale score moderately increased.
  • There were no significant state performances.

 

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NATIONAL MINIMUM STANDARDS (NMS)

For NAPLAN results, a ‘National Minimum Standard’ is defined and located on the assessment scale for each year level. Band 2 is the minimum standard for Year 3, Band 4 is the minimum standard for Year 5, Band 5 is the minimum standard for Year 7 and Band 6 is the minimum standard for Year 9. These standards represent increasingly challenging skills and require increasingly higher scores on the NAPLAN scale. (Source: NAPLAN)

In 2013:

2000 × 1870

  • ACT, VIC and NSW consistently reported results above the national average across all year levels.
  • SA, TAS and NT consistently reported results below the national average across all year levels.
  • QLD reported results above the national average across all year levels, except year 9.
  • WA reported results above the national average across years 7 & 9, and below the national average for years 3 & 5.

Over the past 6 years (since 2008)

Overall, all states (with the exception of NT) have reported relatively consistent results, reporting % (of students at or above the NMS) in the mid to high nineties. The NT are continuing to report results almost 20% below the national average, with no improvement made in any year group.

Year 3 exhibited the strongest results, followed by Year 7, Year 5 and finally Year 9. Year 9 reported the most significant decline in percentage of students achieving at or above the NMS with a 3% decline from 2008-2013.

Year3
  • NT reported a significant 7% decline in 2012, however made a considerable 5% improvement in 2013.
  • All other states reported a range of moderate improvements and declines in results, with a notable improvement in QLD of 2.8%.
Year5
  • The overall percentage of students achieving results at or above the NMS has slightly improved by 0.07%.
  • All states, except NSW and NT, reported marginal improvement in their results, with QLD reporting a 3.2% increase.
Year7
  • The overall percentage of students achieving results at or above the NMS has slightly declined by 0.03%.
  • QLD and WA reported marginal improvements in percentage of students at or above the NMS, and all other states reported decreased results.
Year9
  • The overall percentage of students achieving results at or above the NMS has declined by 3%.
  • All states have reported noticeably lower percentages of students achieving at or above the NMS, with NT falling 7.1% and TAS falling 4.3%.

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PARTICIPATION

  • Participation rates for numeracy are highest in Years 3, 5 and 7 (from 94.9% to 95.4%), and somewhat lower in Year 9 (91.4%).
  • Across all year groups, there has been a nation-wide decline (1-2%) in participation rate since 2008.
  • The greatest declines in participation rates have been experienced in SA (2.7%-3.9%) and QLD (3%-4.6%) in the past 6 years.
  • NT continues to exhibit the lowest participation rates; however there has been a considerable improvement in participation rates across all year groups over the past 6 years.

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