2019 NAPLAN results show that Year 7 and year 9 writing skills have declined over the past decade.

(The Guardian, 2019)

NAPLAN scores show the percentage of low SES, Indigenous and remote-area students below the standards in reading, writing and numeracy is between 5 to 9 times greater than high SES students.

(Reid, 2015)

44% of Australian adults don’t have the literacy skills they need to cope with the demands of everyday life and work.

(ABS, 2013)

Evidence shows students who attend at least one year of kindergarten have much better literacy and numeracy at Year 3.

(Victorian Government, 2015)

Australia was ranked equal 12th in the world on reading in a 2015 OECD assessment, however Australian’s students’ performance has been steadily declining since 2009.

(OECD, 2015)

In 2018, girls (mean score of 519) outperformed boys (mean score 487) in PISA Reading assessments

(OECD, 2018).

In 2013, 95% of year 3 students met or exceeded the national minimum standard in the writing NAPLAN assessment. In 2019 the same cohort sat the year 9 NAPLAN writing test, and 82.9% met the national minimum standard. That means 12% fewer students are meeting the benchmark by the time they got to year 9.

(The Conversation, 2019).

Between 2000 and 2012, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Ireland and Canada improved their performance in reading literacy and overtook Victoria in international rankings – while our performance did not change.

(Victorian Government, 2015)

Nearly 20% of Australians speak a language other than English at home.

(ABS, 2015)

98 per cent of children in Year 3, whose parent achieved a bachelor degree or higher were reading at or above the national minimum standard, compared to 86 per cent of children whose parents were educated to Year 11 or below.

(EDUCATE AUSTRALIA FAIR?: Education Inequality in Australia Report, 2017)