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New literacy target announced

The Minister for Education and Training, Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP, has announced an ambitious new target that by Year 7 all students will meet an expected reading standard that is above the national minimum, and by no later than 2030.

This target will apply to all students who currently participate in NAPLAN. Meeting this target will require a concerted and sustained effort.

The Department of Education will determine this standard against the Progressive Achievement Test (PAT) and it will be used in all Government schools. 

Phonics is essential for children to become successful readers and spellers/writers in the early years of schooling.

Starting this year, all Government schools will have evidence-based phonics instruction in place from Prep to Year 2. A guide is being developed for teachers which will be available in Term 2.

The Year One Phonics Check will provide an initial indication for teachers to inform the provision of supports, while the Progressive Achievement Test will be a further tool to identify where more intense, targeted support is needed. 

The Minister also announced the establishment of an expert advisory panel to oversee the development of a community-wide framework to achieve a Literate Tasmania.

This panel will be co-chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Jenny Gale and Professor Natalie Brown, Director of the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment. 

This group will undertake a review of the current literacy programs and supports across our community and provide recommendations on how we can continue to improve our approach.

For a comprehensive statement from the Minister please visit: http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/site_resources_2015/additional_releases/new_literacy_target_to_improve_education_outcomes

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