Statistics about how our kids are doing with literacy.

– Around 75,000 students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 who sat the NAPLAN tests last year aren’t meeting national minimum standards. (Sydney Morning Herald, 2013)

– In the most recent tests conducted in 2010, Australia performed the worst out of all English speaking countries, and our score was lower than that of 21 other countries. (Sydney Morning Herald, 2013)

– 44% of Australian adults don’t have the literacy skills they need to cope with the demands of everyday life and work. (ABS, 2013)

– In 2012, girls (mean score of 530) outperformed boys (mean score 495) in PISA Reading assessments (OECD, 2012).

– 156 secondary schools are 2 years (or more) behind the national average on reading and numeracy in the Year 9 National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests. (Grattan, 2014) This equates to 6% of Australian secondary schools

– Nearly 20% of Australians speak a language other than English at home. (ABS, 2015)

– NAPLAN scores show the percentage of low SES, Indigenous and remote-area students below the standards in reading, writing and numeracy is between 5 to 9 times greater than high SES students. (Reid, 2015)

– Evidence shows students who attend at least one year of kindergarten have much better literacy and numeracy at Year 3. (Victorian Government, 2015)

– Between 2000 and 2012, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Ireland and Canada improved their performance in reading literacy and overtook Victoria in international rankings – while our performance did not change. (Victorian Government, 2015)

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