ACARA stated that:
"The National Report provides nationally comparable results for each year level (3, 5, 7 and 9) and for each test domain (reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy). It also gives comparisons of national and state/territory achievement in each year and test domain from 2008 (2011 for persuasive writing) to 2013, and from 2012 to 2013.
Key findings from the 2013 National Report include:
- Student achievement is stable – the National Report shows that, overall, student achievement has remained stable across 2012–13.
- For the 2011–13 cohort, the reading gain from Year 3 to Year 5 for Indigenous students was greater than the gains for non-Indigenous students nationally.
- Encouraging signs of sustained improvement in Year 5 reading with achievement above 2012 results for some states and territories.
- A moderate increase in Year 3 reading – there has been an overall improvement in Year 3 reading in 2008–13, as shown by the Australian average."
To read the report, please follow this link.