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:

87. Reading, writing and numeracy:

By 2020, for reading, writing and numeracy, increase by five percentage points the proportion of South Australian students who achieve:

  • above the National Minimum Standard
  • higher proficiency bands


Key Measure

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Explanatory Comments

National Minimum Standard

In 2016 the proportion of South Australian students above the reading, writing and numeracy, National Minimum Standard (NMS) in NAPLAN assessment, for years 3, 5, 7 and 9 has shown variable improvement from the 2008 baseline and from the 2015 results. In 2016, year 5 and 9 numeracy results were markedly above baseline results.  Both the year 5 and 9 numeracy results attained the target of a five percentage point increase since 2008.  Year 5, 7 and 9 writing results have improved on 2015 results. All 2016 year 3 results have remained relatively static or have improved since 2008. 

Higher proficiency bands

The 2016 results show a mix of improvement, static and decline in the proportions of South Australian students in the NAPLAN higher proficiency bands, in reading, writing and numeracy across year levels. All 2016 year 3 results have improved since 2011. The largest improvement from the 2011 baseline was in year 3 and 5 reading and year 3 writing. These areas increased by the required five percentage points to meet the target. There were also strong improvements on 2015 results in year 7 numeracy and year 3 writing.

The NAPLAN assessment scale is divided into ten bands. Band 2 is the minimum standard for Year 3, band 4 is the minimum standard for Year 5, band 5 is the minimum standard for Year 7 and band 6 is the minimum standard for Year 9. For the purposes of this SASP target, ‘higher proficiency bands’ are defined as the upper 2 bands in each year level.

Lead Agency

Department for Education and Child Development