A new report into student learning gaps has found that bright kids attending disadvantaged schools will be years behind low-achieving peers in non-disadvantaged schools.
The study conducted by the Grattan Institute, highlights the existing disparity in our schools with findings of an “alarming” increase in gaps in learning as students move through school grades.
Analysing NAPLAN data, the report has found high-achieving students at low socioeconomic schools will make two and a half years less progress than low achievers in high socioeconomic schools. For example, children that who are already behind by 10 months in Year 3, will find themselves more than two years behind by the time they reach Year 9.
“Disadvantaged students are falling further behind each year they are at school, on our watch,” the report said.
Recommendations in the Institute’s report say that policy makers should focus on target teaching, learning gaps and supporting the needs of each individual child.It also calls for more help for disadvantaged students.
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