South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.

Target:

14. Early childhood – Year 1 literacy:

By 2014 achieve a 10% improvement in the number of children reading at an age appropriate level by the end of Year 1 and maintain thereafter



Key Measure

 

Explanatory Comments

In 2014, under the pre-2015 standard, 75.3% of South Australian Year 1 students attending a state government primary school were reading at an age appropriate level by the end of Year 1. The target of 74.7% was met for 2014.

In 2016, under the new standard, 61.5% of South Australian Year 1 students attending a state government primary school were reading at an age appropriate level by the end of Year 1. The number of children reading at an age appropriate level by the end of Year 1 has been maintained since 2014.

Reading ability is measured in state government primary schools using the Department for Education and Child Development’s reading assessment tool, Running Records, which is based on international research.

The current Standard of Educational Achievement, implemented in 2016, requires year 1 students to be at or above a level 13 in Running Records to be considered reading at an age appropriate level. Between 2007 and 2015, data for this target was reported for students who were at or above a level 11 in Running Records. Data is not available for 2008. Data for the current standard is available for 2011 onwards.

Lead Agency

Department for Education and Child Development