The NAPLAN results show a long-term decline in reading, spelling and maths skills among Tasmanian students.
According to the 2021 results, Tasmanian students have fallen behind all states except the Northern Territory. Students in year 3, 5, 7 and 9 have scored below the Australian average in reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. Compared to 2008 results, Tasmanian student’s standard continue to decline despite changing the curriculum and spending more on schools per student than any other state, except the Northern Territory. Moreover, only 58% of Tasmanian students complete year 12, compared to 72% of the national average, which is one of the worst attainments rates according to the recent Productivity Commission.
We need to fix the under-performing education system and invest in high quality and passionate teachers and give them practical support to create a good and positive teaching environment.