School Years 9-12 in Tasmania
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A report by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) provides recommendations for Tasmanian schools.
The purpose of the report Review of Years 9 to 12 in Tasmania was to ‘identify opportunities to improve attendance, retention and attainment outcomes’ (Contract between ACER and the Tasmanian Department of Education, 2016).
The Tasmanian Government is currently implementing significant reforms to improve students’ retention and attainment in Tasmania’s schools.
There is concern in the Tasmanian community however, that student outcomes are among the lowest in the nation. Reasons for these results include weak literacy and numeracy levels; low attendance rates; high anxiety around transitions between Year 10 and Year 11 by some students, especially among those living outside of the larger cities; students seeking alternative education options; and family, financial, health and carer based issues.
A comprehensive overview and detailed recommendations are included in the report that was released in December 2016 and is available here.