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 sit the NAPLAN tests nationally, 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 percentage of all students scoring at or above the national minimum average from each state or territory. The national minimum is the agreed minimum standard expected of students within their own year level, and is represented as the second lowest band on the achievement scale. Children who score in the lowest band are likely to need focussed intervention to progress through schools. The percentages presented here were calculated from the average percentage score forall subject areas and across all year levels in each state and territory.