1304.6 - Tasmanian Key Indicators, Sep 2009  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/10/2009   
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Tas. value
Aust. value

Reading - proportion of year 5 students at or above national minimum standard(a)(b)(c)
Writing - proportion of year 5 students at or above national minimum standard(a)(b)(c)
Numeracy - proportion of year 5 students at or above national minimum standard(a)(b)(c)
Year 10 to year 12 apparent retention rate (full-time students)

p preliminary figure or series subject to revision.
(a) In 2008 NAPLAN tests replaced previous individual state and territory-based tests within a new assessment framework. The new national scale is not directly comparable with previous state and territory-based tests and therefore with previous years' benchmark results.
(b) NAPLAN tests were equated so that the 2009 results can be compared with those for 2008. Equating enables the results from NAPLAN tests in different years to be reported on the same achievement scale. Equating one test with another is a complex procedure and involves some degree of statistical error. For this reason, there may be minor fluctuations in the average NAPLAN test results from year to year when, in reality, the level of student achievement has remained essentially the same. It is only when there is a meaningful change in the results from one year to the next, or when there is a consistent trend over several years, that statements about improvement or decline in levels of achievement can be made confidently. Some caution is required when interpreting changes in the performance across 2008 and 2009.
(c) Exempt students were not assessed and are deemed not to have met the national minimum standard. Participation rates are calculated as all assessed and exempt students as a percentage of the total number of students in the year level, as reported by schools, which includes those absent and withdrawn.
(d) Note these figures are final.

More Detailed Source Information
National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2009 Summary Report, Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA):http://www.mceecdya.edu.au/
Schools, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4221.0)
Schools, Australia, Preliminary (ABS cat. no. 4220.0)