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.
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)
- 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):
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)
- 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.
- 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.