Education Snapshots

Reading, writing and numeracy

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

Reading

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

Regions with the highest proportion of students at or above the national minimum reading standards were:

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

The proportion of Aboriginal students at or above the minimum standard in reading in 2018 was 81% in Year 3, 73% in Year 5 and 76% in Year 7, an increase from 77%, 72% and 72% respectively in 2018.

Writing

In 2019, the proportion of South Australian students at or above the national minimum standard in writing was 95% in Year 3, 90% in Year 5 and 89% in Year 7, an increase from 92%, 86% and 86% respectively in 2018.

The South Australian regions with the highest proportion of students at or above the national minimum writing standards were:

  • Year 3: Metropolitan Adelaide (96%)
  • Year 5: Metropolitan Adelaide (91%)
  • Year 7: Metropolitan Adelaide (90%)

The proportion of students at or above the national minimum standard in writing since 2011 has increased for students in Year 3, remained steady for Year 5 and decreased for Year 7.

In 2019, the proportion of Aboriginal students at or above the national minimum standard in writing was 80% in Year 3, 66% in Year 5 and 63% in Year 7, an increase from 71%, 56% and 54% respectively in 2018.

Numeracy

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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