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EDUCATION AND TRAINING
LITERACY AND NUMERACY
In 2008, all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sat national literacy and numeracy tests for the first time. Prior to this, each state had a set of tests that were equivalised to national benchmarks. The most recent results available for NSW tests are for 2007, and are for years 3, 5 and 7 only. In 2007, the minimum NSW standards for literacy were not met by 8.5% of Year 3 students, 5.0% of Year 5 students, and 3.7% of Year 7 students.
The strength of the tests is that they highlight populations or regions that are doing less well. For both literacy and numeracy, there was a substantial gap between Indigenous achievement compared to the results for all students. The proportion of Indigenous students not meeting the NSW literacy benchmarks were considerably higher than for all students: 25% of Year 3 students, 17% of Year 5 students, and 13% of Year 7 students.
Basic numeracy benchmarks were not met by 8.5% of total Year 3 students, 6.5% of Year 5 students, and 6.6% of Year 7 students. For Indigenous students, numeracy benchmarks were not met by 22% of Year 3 students, 18% of Year 5 students, and 20% of Year 7 students.
OVERSEAS HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENTS
There were 72,000 overseas students at NSW universities in 2007, comprising 22% of all higher education students. This represents an increase of 8.6% from 2006. Over half (52%) of overseas students were studying management and commerce, as compared to 29% among all students.
ABS Survey of Education and Work
Adult Learning, Australia (cat. no. 4229.0)
Adult Literacy and Life Skills (cat. no. 4228.0)
Child Care, Australia (cat. no. 4402.0)
Department of Education, Science and Training, Students: Selected Higher Education Statistics
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Australian Vocational Education and Training Statistics: Students and courses
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, National Apprentice and Trainee Collection
National Indigenous Preschool Census; National Preschool Census
NSW Department of Education and Training
NSW Department of Education and Training, Annual Report 2007
Schools, Australia (cat. no. 4221.0)
OTHER RELATED INFORMATION
National Assessment Program, Literacy and Numeracy, Summary Report 2008
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