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.


15. Aboriginal education – early years:

Increase yearly the proportion of Aboriginal children reading at age appropriate levels at the end of Year 1

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

Since 2011, under the current standard, the percentage of South Australian Year 1 Aboriginal students attending state government primary schools reading at age appropriate levels at the end of Year 1 has continued to improve from 21.0% in 2011 to 28.7% in 2016 (a 7.7 percentage point increase).

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 for the current standard is available for 2011 onwards. 

Lead Agency

Department for Education and Child Development