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$67.5m to boost student learning

2 August 2017

The State Government will provide a $67.5m funding boost to public school students who have been identified as needing more help to lift literacy and numeracy across the state.

Students who are not achieving expected standards or growth will benefit from dedicated intervention funds provided to their school.

Under the 4 year $67.5m Literacy and Numeracy First plan, schools will use extra funds on high-impact teaching strategies to lift student achievement.

Schools will use a range of evidence based teaching strategies, including extra teachers, literacy and numeracy coaches or targeted programs. Improvement strategies will be overseen by a newly-established independent panel of education experts.

Today’s NAPLAN results show there has been improvement in numeracy across all year levels in the state, but more work is needed to see growth in other learning areas.

Other NAPLAN results released today for SA show:

  • year 3 numeracy saw the greatest increase since testing began
  • reading increased for years 3, 5 and 7
  • year 9 reading decreased (consistent across Australia)
  • in terms of our ranking compared to other jurisdictions, we range from fourth to seventh

The results of public primary school students in South Australia will be analysed and used to direct extra funds, which will include using NAPLAN and other DECD data.