Tasmanian students are consistently missing out as education standards fall behind other states, with the results the worst of any state in many categories.
The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services shows Tasmania has the lowest proportion of students at or above the minimum standard for reading and numeracy across all age groups, except the Northern Territory.
The results back up the latest NAPLAN results showing Tasmania sits behind the national average in every category.
Last year, Year 3 students showed a decline in results with every category going backwards since 2021.
With little improvement on NAPLAN results for nearly a decade the State Government must do more to support Tasmanian students so they can reach their potential.
Attainment rates for Year 12 students in Tasmania are just 58 per cent – 20 per cent lower that the national average of 78.4 per cent – that figure remains the same as 2008.
Worryingly, the PISA results also show the sense of belonging is the lowest for Tasmanian students, with more feeling like an outsider, lonely and unable to make friends easily.
Education is the foundation of Tasmania’s future, yet this government refuses to do anything to fix clear issues that are holding back the young people of this state.
A Labor Government would start by investing heavily in literacy reform, guided by the experts, to help set students up for a good life.
It’s time we prioritised the education of our children so we can turn around these results and build a better future for all Tasmanians.
Josh Willie MLC
Shadow Minister for Education and Early Years