NAP news, May 2024

New report shows that overall science scores for Australian students remain steady

29 May 2024

The latest National Assessment Program report released today by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) shows that results in science literacy for students across Australia have overall remained steady. However, it also highlights that some disparities persist depending on a student’s background.

The 2023 National Assessment Program – Science Literacy (NAP–SL) Report provides results from the NAP Science Literacy Sample assessments undertaken in 2023. The assessments test students’ general science literacy skills and knowledge in a sample of schools across the country.

Commenting on the report, ACARA’s Acting CEO Stephen Gniel said, “the latest NAP Science Literacy report offers a wealth of information on the knowledge, understandings and abilities of Year 6 and Year 10 students within a science literacy context. 

“The report also provides valuable insights for policymakers in education, including ministers, senior education officials, as well as school leaders and teachers and all those committed to improving educational outcomes for all young Australians.”