Achievement in literacy and numeracy by Australian 14 year-olds, 1975-1998.

Sam Rothman, ACER

Longitudinal surveys of Australian youth research report ; n.29


This LSAY research report examines student achievement scores on tests of reading comprehension and mathematics from five studies conducted between 1975 and 1998. The data are from five studies involving young people in Australian schools: the Australian Studies in School Performance in 1975, the Australian Studies of Student Performance in 1980, the 1989 Youth in Transition study and the 1995 and 1998 Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth studies. The report examines literacy and numeracy trends for all students and for smaller groups of students, with results reported by gender, language background, socioeconomic status and location. Multivariate analyses examine how influences on literacy and numeracy among 14-year-old students have changed between 1975 and 1998. [Executive summary, ed]