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The National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests are taken each year in May by all students across Australia in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students in the same year level are assessed using the same test items in the assessment domains of reading, persuasive writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.
The governing body ACARA states that every year, more than one million students nationally sit the NAPLAN tests, providing students, parents, teachers, schools and school systems with important information about the literacy and numeracy achievements of students. The results also act as performance indicators that are nationally comparable and serve to inform and support improvements to teaching and learning practices.
This FACT indicates the average NAPLAN score that each state and territory achieved in 2015 for the level of year 5. The score, by state or territory, is calculated by averaging the mean scale of each of the 5 'domain' areas of proficiency.
How many people ride bikes in Australian capital cities? Cycling is becoming a trendy alternative, and is high on the agenda for local and state councils, who view cycling as a positive way to reduce pollution and congestion, as well as promoting healthy lifestyles.
This FACT indicates the cycling participation rate of the population in each Australian capital city. Unlike in many European cities, Australians are reluctant to cycle in lieu of travelling by car or public transport, likely influenced by the vast distances that many travel to commute from their suburban homes.
In August 2011, the Australian Bicycle Council released the results of the National Cycling Participation Survey. The survey found that in a typical week, around 18% of Australians ride a bicycle for transport and recreation. Around 3.6 million people rode for recreation, leisure or sport, while 1.2 million people made at least one transport journey by bicycle. The city with the highest participation rate is Darwin, with 49 percent. The city with the lowest is Sydney with 34 percent, but this is not surprising when you consider that Sydney is the hilliest capital city in Australia - a terrain that can be challenging for a 'commuter' cyclist.
This FACT indicates the number of people who speak Greek at home. In the middle of the 20th century, thousands of Greeks immigrated into Australia as part of the Australian Government “Populate or Perish” incentive. Most Greek immigrants settled in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney as they seemed like the best places to find work. During this time, the Greeks influenced a large cultural change in Australian cities with the growth of Greek cuisine and community clubs in each city. This data was collected for the 2011 ABS Census. The city with highest number is Melbourne at 113,408. The city with the lowest number is Hobart at 1,036.
This FACT indicates the total number of high schools and primary schools (from reception to year 12, though not necessarily encompassing all school years) that are currently operating within each Australian capital from the year 2012. The numbers include both government schools and non-government schools. Using the Australian Schools Directory, we found the total number of schools in each city's greater area. Unsuprisingly, Sydney and Melbourne - the two largest cities - have the most schools, at 1488 and 1375 respectively. Each Australian State and Territory oversees its own education system, and as such there are small variations between each state and territory's systems.
This FACT indicates the number of women who smoked during pregnancy per 100,000 persons in each Australian state. Studies have shown that smoking while pregnant can decrease the amount of oxygen available to your child during the pregnancy, increase the chance of a miscarriage, increase the chance of a premature birth and can increase the risk of the baby being born with damage to its respiratory system. Nationally, 13.2 percent of women smoked during pregnancy. The data presented here reflects numbers for 2011. The state/territory with the highest number per 100,000 persons is the Northern Territory at 463.8 women per 100,000 smoking during pregnancy. The state/territory with the lowest is New South Wales at 154.2, followed closely by the Australian Capital Territory, at 156.21.