Just over 25,000 Tasmanian students in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 from Government, Catholic and independent schools completed National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests focusing on reading, writing and numeracy in Term 2.

The results of NAPLAN tests show where students are doing well and where greater focus is needed to help improve students’ literacy and numeracy skills.

Key results

Compared to last year’s NAPLAN results, Tasmania’s students closed the gap to Australia’s mean scores in 18 of the 20 assessments.

Tasmania improved its mean score results from 2013 to 2014 in 12 of the 20 assessments, compared to Australia improving in 10 out of 20 assessments.

On average, across all domains, Tasmania improved by 1.9 points greater than Australia since 2013.

In numeracy, Tasmania closed the gap in all year levels and improved mean score performance in all year levels.

Reading is Tasmania’s strongest area of performance with the difference between Tasmania and Australia being approximately half a question.

In terms of students at or above the national minimum standard (AANMS), Tasmania closed its 2013 gap to Australia in 13 of the 20 measures, with the gap widening in five and two being stable.

Since 2013, the percentage of students achieving AANMS increased in 8 of the 20 assessment areas compared to 5 of the 20 areas for Australia.

On average, Tasmania’s percentage of students AANMS declined by 0.3% from 2013 compared to a 0.6% decline for Australia.

Tasmania performs slightly above the Australian average after socio-economic factors are considered.

Comparison with other Jurisdictions

It is important to recognise that there are often very small differences in results between the various states and territories. As these graphs demonstrate, Tasmania is tracking well alongside its counterparts in South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland in the percentages of students at or above the national minimum standard.

Further information

To use the above graphs, please contact the Department of Education on (03) 6165 5681.
Department of Education
GPO Box 169 HOBART TAS 7000

Published: August 2014

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