Tasmania Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff
Tasmania Continues To Improve In Latest Education Results
Victor P Taffa
Lifting Tasmanian education standards is a major priority of the Hodgman Government and welcomes improvements in today’s results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
The Study shows that Tasmania is bucking the trend and improving in the areas of maths and science in primary school, with our Year 4 students ranked third in Australia in science and fourth in Australia in maths, Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff said.
“Our Education Plan is working with young students achieving scores that are comparable to the rest of Australia.” Mr. Rockliff said.
“Today’s results consolidate the August 2016 release of National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) preliminary results which showed that our students have further narrowed the gap towards our goal of Tasmania being at or above national average within the first six years of our Government.”
Continuing to lift education standards including improving literacy, numeracy and science, is one of our Government’s key goals and priorities.
“Tasmania’s Year 8 TIMSS results in maths and science have improved compared to our 2011 results and are comparable to states such as Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales, however further improvement is needed.” Mr. Rockliff said.
Literacy and Numeracy Coaches are now working collaboratively with teachers and principals in targeted schools to extend teaching and learning strategies.
“Additionally, our Learning in Families Together (LIFT) program which supports 80 schools with the highest student need and implementation of the national Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) School Education Strategy 2016-2026 are all targeted at improving educational outcomes.” Mr. Rockliff said.