Education Snapshots

PISA mathematical literacy

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international assessment measuring the performance of 15 year olds in reading, mathematical and scientific literacy. Scores are reported on a scale from 0 to 1000.

In 2018, more than 600,000 students from 79 countries completed the PISA assessment. Australia-wide, more than 14,000 students from 740 schools took part.

In mathematical literacy, 50% of 15 year olds in South Australia met or exceeded the national proficient standard in 2018, a significant decrease since 2003 (73%) and lower than the national average (54%). South Australian students’ mean test score (482) was also lower than the OECD average (494) in 2018 (and has been lower since 2012).

The proportion of young men that met or exceeded the national proficient standard was slightly higher than the proportion of young women that met or exceeded the national proficient standard (52% and 49% respectively).

Numeracy

In Australia, numeracy is measured annually through the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.

In 2019, the proportion of students in South Australia at or above minimum standard in numeracy was 93% in Year 7 (decrease from 95% in 2018) and 94% for both Year 3 and Year 5 (both no change from 94% in 2018).

Regions with the highest proportion of students at or above the national minimum numeracy standards are:

  • Year 3: Metropolitan Adelaide (95%)
  • Year 5: Metropolitan Adelaide, inner regional, and remote South Australia (94%)
  • Year 7: Metropolitan Adelaide and inner regional South Australia (94%)

The proportion of Aboriginal students at or above minimum standard in numeracy in 2018 was 77% in Year 3, 73% in Year 5 and 73% in Year 7 a decrease from 79%, 77% and 76% respectively in 2018.

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