Discussion paper

Future delivery of foundation skills training in remote Australia: discussion paper - December 2022

This discussion paper outlines current Australian government support for foundation skills training in remote areas. The paper has been prepared to seek public views on how training delivery can be strengthened.

National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN): national report 2022

The National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests are conducted for all students across Australia in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. This report provides nationally comparable data on the 2022 national and state/territory results for each test domain and year level assessed...

Writing development: what does a decade of NAPLAN data reveal?

This report discusses AERO’s 2022 analysis of student writing data. Overall, the research suggests that students’ writing skills have declined over 7 years (2011 to 2018), with many high school students significantly behind the expectations outlined in curriculum documents.

Review of the National School Reform Agreement: interim report

This interim report reviews how well national policy initiatives by the Australian, State and Territory governments have achieved the objectives and outcomes set out in the National School Reform Agreement, and makes recommendations to inform the design of the next agreement.

Literacy & communication and maths strategy

This strategy will guide action to shape the New Zealand early learning and schooling system to deliver equity and excellence in literacy and communication and maths teaching and learning.
Discussion paper

Paper one - Setting the scene: Tasmania’s community-wide framework

This paper has been prepared primarily for policy-makers, individuals and organisations that help Tasmanians to develop the literacy skills they need.

Reading with the light switched on

This document discusses New Zealand's child literacy rates and highlights some innovative teaching practices, such as Structured Literacy, being implemented to help improve literacy outcomes.

Proposed national early language and literacy strategy

Developed by the National Early Language and Literacy Coalition, this proposed strategy sets out the scale of the issue, describes what is happening on the ground in different communities, and puts forward a framework for action.

Writing matters: reversing a legacy of policy failure in Australian education

In the context of national reviews of curriculum and teacher education, this paper traces Australia’s history of policy instability in English literacy education and proposes strategies for improvements and greater accountability.

Teaching writing in secondary English in the NAPLAN era

This report presents findings from research investigating the writing pedagogies, beliefs and practices of English teachers in the context of a decade of Australia's NAPLAN testing, where writing has been consistently identified as problematic in secondary schools.

National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN): national report 2019

This national report provides further information than contained in the August 2019 summary release, including comparisons of performance by: gender, Indigenous status, language background other than English, parental occupation, parental education and school location.

PISA 2018: Insights and interpretations

The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) examines what students know in reading, mathematics and science, and what they can do with what they know. It provides the most comprehensive and rigorous international assessment of student learning outcomes to date.

IFLA toolkit for developing national literacy and reading strategies

This toolkit provides guidance and flexible materials for library associations, their members and the wider Library and Information Science (LIS) community when engaging with relevant public authorities, in order to ensure both that literacy receives the attention it needs, and libraries the recognition and support...

Keeping children engaged and achieving in writing

This report shares some of the strategies and approaches used by schools that are focusing on improving achievement in writing. It also shares some simple strategies used in classrooms where achievement in writing had been accelerated.

National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN): national report 2018

This report finds that, at the national level, the NAPLAN performance of Australian students in Years 5 and 9 – numeracy, Years 3 and 5 – reading, Years 3 and 5 – spelling, and Years 3 and 7 – grammar was significantly above the 2008...

The economic and social cost of illiteracy

The purpose of this white paper is to address the growing economic and social costs of ignoring the illiteracy epidemic. It discusses the cost of illiteracy in the British and global economy, as well as providing suggestions for how to address literacy in both developing...
Policy report

Reading Recovery: a failed investment

This paper argues that numerous studies of the Reading Recovery program have provided no sound evidence that it has sustained positive effects on children’s reading achievement in the medium or long-term, despite its widespread use and high cost.

Impact of the ‘Yes, I can!’ adult literacy campaign on interactions with the criminal justice system

This paper examines service provider and criminal justice practitioner perspectives of the ‘Yes, I Can!’ adult literacy campaign. Interviews with 22 workers in regional New South Wales suggest that the majority believe the program can potentially improve the type and frequency of interactions between Indigenous...

TEACHaR ‘Outcomes that Matter’

This report provides further support for the TEACHaR program which seeks to improve educational outcomes for children and young people in care.

American dream literacy initiative

In this American Dream Literacy Initiative 10-year retrospective report, you'll learn more about how this grant has helped nearly 200 libraries across the United States enhance their services for adult learners.

Single-sex schooling and girls’ achievement in Australia

This presentation of evidence and insights regarding the impact of single-sex schooling on student achievement was presented at the Fearless Girls Strong Women conference, Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia Educators Conference 2018.

Towards a new NAPLAN: Testing to the teaching

This report reveals Australia’s NAPLAN testing regime is failing the nation’s students and is quite possibly contributing to declining performance standards across the nation.

Survey of adult skills: Māori adults' literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills

This is part of a series of in-depth reports from the Survey of Adult Skills. This report covers how the literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills (measured in English) of Māori adults relate to their education, work and use of the language.
Briefing paper

Parenting support in the early years: research brief

The early years are a critical time for children’s development. Parents’ engagement in their children’s early development and learning has an impact on children’s later educational and life experiences and parents differ in their levels of engagement.

NAPLAN achievement in reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy: national report for 2017

NAPLAN data provide parents, schools, governments and the non-government school sectors with important information about whether young Australians are reaching important educational goals.