Annual data on Literacy and Numeracy outcomes and Early Learning (Kindergarten Development Check).

We strive to ensure that all our learners:

  • Are developing as confident, involved learners and effective communicators.
  • Are developing the skills and confidence in literacy and numeracy to successfully participate in learning, life and work.

Percentage of students meeting literacy (reading) standards in 2022


Prep to Year 10

Percentage of students meeting numeracy standards in 2022


Prep to Year 10

Data is based on Progressive Achievement Testing (PAT) results for Reading and Mathematics against Tasmanian PAT Year-level standards for Prep to Year 10. Data is updated annually.

Student achievement in PAT (Reading & Mathematics) – overall & by year level

Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) are used across Tasmania Government schools to monitor student progress in reading and mathematics from Prep to Year 10.

The Department for Education Children and Young People has determined year-level appropriate standards that are reasonable to expect the majority of students to achieve, with above minimal standards in order to inform appropriate monitoring over time.

Cautions when interpreting:

  • System rates may not be representative of all students because participation rates, while high, do vary by school and year level.
  • Proportions across year levels or tests are not directly comparable, as standards differ slightly due to the nature of tests at each year level.

Percentage of students achieving year-level appropriate standards for PAT Mathematics (2022, end-of-year)

Year Level% of students
Year 179.5
Year 278.0
Year 377.9
Year 475.5
Year 579.7
Year 680.2
Year 771.8
Year 875.0
Year 978.4
Year 1075.2
All Year Levels77.6

Percentage of students achieving year-level appropriate standards for PAT Reading (2022, end-of-year)

Year Level% of students
Year 178.6
Year 277.6
Year 378.0
Year 480.3
Year 581.2
Year 680.3
Year 774.4
Year 872.2
Year 974.7
Year 1075.3
All Year Levels77.9

Kindergarten Development Check

Kindergarten students are assessed by teachers against the Kindergarten Development Check (KDC), involving 21 developmental markers in the areas of Gross Motor Skills; Fine Motor Skills; Personal and Social Behaviour; Listening, Speaking and Understanding; and Cognitive Development.

In 2021, changes were made to how the gross motor marker was assessed. To provide some context for the methodology change, the table below shows KDC results for the proportion of students achieving 20 as well as 21 markers.

Kindergarten Development Check Results (2023)

Indicator% of students
Percentage of students achieving 20 or more markers76.0
Percentage of students achieving 21 or more markers59.1

In 2021, the Gross Motor marker was changed to improve targeted supports for schools, families and children for 13 specific Gross Motor Skills ‘sub-markers’. The change meant assessment of Gross Motor skills moved from an ‘on balance’ assessment using the 13 ‘sub-markers’, to an assessment that requires all 13 to be met for a student to be assessed as meeting the ‘overall’ Gross Motor marker.

Students are assessed twice in their kindergarten year. The ‘percentage meeting markers’ shown above are based on second assessments towards the end of the school year.

Education Outcome Gap (First Nations students)

Closing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students’ educational outcomes is an essential part of ensuring we meet our commitment to inspire and support all our learners to succeed, and that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are active members of our community.

Performance measures are based on the average gap between Aboriginal and non-Indigenous students in the percentages of students at or above the National Minimum Standard in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 reading and numeracy in NAPLAN. Tasmanian average gaps of 6 to 10 percentage points across years are smaller than Australian gaps of 16 to 18 percentage points.

IndicatorPercentage point gap
Education outcome gap across Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 reading and numeracy8.7

A lower figure represents a better result in closing the gap.

Year 1 Phonics Check

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check is part of the Department’s screening and assessment suite that supports improved student learning outcomes for all students.

The Check is a 5-to-7-minute screen administered by classroom teachers that indicates how their students are progressing in phonics. The screen includes 40 words, consisting of 20 real words and 20 pseudo words. The words are set each year to provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their ability to use their phonic knowledge to decode a word. The inclusion of pseudo words ensures that students will need to use their knowledge of letter/sound correspondences to blend through the sounds in the word to decode it correctly.

Students were considered to have met the expected achievement level if they correctly answered 28 or more items.

Indicator% of students
Percentage of Year 1 school students who have met or exceeded expected phonics achievement50
*2023 Government Schools only.