Student learning outcomes dropping, State Labor Government fails to answer why

Victorian students’ learning outcomes continue to fall under the Andrews Labor Government.

In PAEC this morning, the Minister for Education failed to explain why learning outcomes, as measured by the Department’s own NAPLAN targets, aren’t improving across the board. Instead, the minister danced around the question and would not guarantee that funding made available through record borrowing would improve student results.

The percentage of students above the bottom three bands in reading in Years 3 and 5 has gone backwards and the Department’s targets are far from being met.

Reading is the foundation of further learning and is therefore profoundly important to giving children the best opportunity in life. This is what we want for our young people and should be a priority for this government.

Despite the Andrews Labor Government’s constant bragging about funding for education, the fact is that Victoria is lagging other states at the bottom of the table, ahead only of NT in terms of its percentage contribution of the Schooling Resource Standard (SRS).

The Minister confirmed that the Victorian government will not come close to paying its fair share, like other states do, until 2028.

This is just not good enough.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, Cindy McLeish:

“In spite of record borrowing, this government can’t guarantee that this money will contribute to improving student outcomes and help Victorian students catch up on their lost year.

“The Andrews Labor Government has failed too many Victorian students who miss out in the vital years, meaning it is incredibly difficult for them to ever catch up.

“Andrews has no plan to make sure Victorian student can get the very best out of our schools, giving our kids a head start in life.”

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