03 August 2017

Victorian NAPLAN results support quality focus

The Turnbull Government is calling for local Corangamite schools and families to work with a panel of leading educators and policy experts to boost student outcomes after this week’s mixed bag of NAPLAN results for Victoria.

The 2017 preliminary NAPLAN results released earlier this week point to an increase in reading scores across Victoria of 0.72 per cent since last year, an increase in numeracy scores of 0.53 per cent and a decrease in writing scores of 1.15 per cent across all year levels.

Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, said Corangamite had excellent schools and educators that could contribute to the national discussion on how to ensure students had the support they needed to succeed.

“With real needs-based funding now in place that delivers an extra $3.6b to Victorian students over the coming decade, our local schools and teachers can be assured they will have the support they need as well as resources they can use to focus on the programs that are best suited to students,” Ms Henderson said.

“That’s why the Turnbull Government is already delivering a program of quality reforms for schools and is conducting a review to identify how we can support our students to reach their full potential.”

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Government had already taken action to strengthen the accreditation standards of teacher training courses, ensure graduate teachers have literacy and numeracy skills amongst the top 30 per cent of the adult population and begun a ‘back to basics’ focus on phonics and numeracy teaching.

“We’ve appointed David Gonski to lead a panel of eminent educators and policy experts to advise on the best evidence-based practices for our students that will help guide how our schools and educators focus resources in classrooms,” Minister Birmingham said.

“By this time next year we’ll be delivering the programs and initiatives David Gonski and his panel recommend that build on the changes the Turnbull Government has made to improve teaching quality already.”

Ms Henderson encouraged teachers, education experts and other members of the Corangamite school community with knowledge of what is working in our schools to submit their ideas to the Review Panel.

“We have excellent teachers and schools in Corangamite and I call on them to get involved with the Review Panel to ensure we are all focused on the most effective ways to boost student outcomes,” Ms Henderson said.

To register your interest in being kept informed about the public submission process for the Review to Achieve Education Excellence in Australian Schools please visit: https://www.education.gov.au/register-your-interest-review-achieve-education-excellence

2 August 2017