Victorian students are staying in school longer and are more likely to continue on to further education, according to a new report.
The Productivity Commission’s 2014 Report of Government Services (RoGS) shows that Victoria remains well ahead of the national average participation rates at school and in higher education.
Education Minister Martin Dixon said the report reflected the Victorian Government’s commitment to improving education outcomes in Victoria. “It is pleasing to see that Victoria has the highest retention rate in Years 10-12 of any state at 83.4 per cent, which shows that Victorian students value their education,” Mr Dixon said.
“It’s also pleasing that Victoria is the only state with higher than 90 per cent school attendance rates in Years 1-10, and this is an area where we are continuing to seek improvement through our new attendance reforms.”
The RoGS report shows:
- Victoria’s Year 10-12 retention rate was 83.5 per cent compared with the national average of 81.8 per cent;
- Victoria’s Indigenous Year 10-12 retention rate was 56.3 per cent, above the national average of 53.3 per cent; and
- The 2012 NAPLAN results indicate that Victoria was above the national average in Reading, Writing and Numeracy at all year levels.
Mr Dixon said since coming to office the Victorian Coalition Government had introduced many initiatives to improve students’ performance including:
- 400 Science Graduate Scholarships over four years to support science graduates to become science teachers;
- $2.5 million school specialisation grants, which gave 25 schools $100,000 each to specialise in areas such as science, engineering, aeronautics, earth sciences, as well as arts and languages;
- $24.3 million to recruit an extra 200 maths and science specialists who will work with teachers in primary schools to build their maths and science teaching skills;
- $14.5 million to tackle bullying through the eSmart partnership with the Alannah and Madeleine Foundation and the Victorian Government’s successful Bully Stoppers program; and
- $124.4 million for an additional 150 Primary Welfare Officers – ensuring welfare officers will be in two out of every three Victorian primary schools.