Statistics about how kids are doing with numeracy in our schools.

– In 2012, boys (mean score of 510) outperformed girls (mean score 495) in PISA Mathematics assessments (OECD, 2012).

– Close to 6.5% (1.1 million) of Australians had numeracy skills at Below Level 1 in the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (ABS, 2013).

– 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

– A disturbing 20% of Australian 15-year olds fell short of PISA’s minimum proficient standard (Level 2) in mathematics in 2012. (Grattan, 2015)

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

– Nationally, there has been no overall improvement in Year 3 numeracy NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) results between 2008 and 2015, and only marginal improvement in Year 5 numeracy. (PwC, 2016)

– In the most recent round of Year 4 TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) Australia came 18th out of 50 countries in mathematics and 25th out of 50 in science. We have fallen behind Canada, Ireland and many of our Asian neighbours. (PwC, 2016)

– Just one in ten Year 12 students completed an advanced maths subject in 2014. (PwC, 2016)

– The latest PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) results found that 42% of Australian 15 year olds failed to meet the nationally agreed minimum standard or mathematics compared to 36% in 2009. (PwC, 2016)

– Over a third of Years 7 to 10 mathematics teachers have not studied tertiary mathematics or how to teach it. (PwC, 2016)

– The mathematical literacy levels of Australian 15 year olds have declined significantly since at least the turn of the century. The top 10% of Australian students now perform at about the same level as the top 40-50% of students in Singapore, South Korea and Chinese Taipai. (ACER, 2016)

– 20% of Australian 15 year olds fail to meet the minimum international standards for mathematics. (ACER, 2016)

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