Policy changes needed to improve education outcomes for students

The Weatherill Labor Government needs to implement education policy changes to improve education standards and lift South Australian students’ NAPLAN scores.

 South Australia only made a statistically significant improvement in one category – Year 3 persuasive writing – and were below the national average in every category in every year level.

Earlier this year it was revealed that not a single South Australian government primary school was ranked in the top 100 schools in the nation based on NAPLAN results.

Only one South Australian government school made the top one hundred secondary schools – Glenunga International High.

"The Weatherill Labor Government needs to make some serious policy changes if it wants to deliver better educational outcomes for South Australian students," said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

"For a start, the Weatherill Government needs to embrace local school autonomy.

"Just as no two students are the same, no two schools are the same, and the Weatherill Labor Government must give principals the support and flexibility required to act in the best interests of their school.

"Equally we must begin planning immediately for the transition of Year 7 into secondary schools.

"South Australia is the only jurisdiction in Australia that still has Year 7 students in primary school and has made no plans for a transition to high school.

"Moving Year 7 students into high school will bring our Year 7 students in line with the national curriculum and challenge them academically, providing a better educational and age-appropriate environment for students."