The Liberals have committed to extending all Tasmanian high schools to year 12 by 2022, while keeping all colleges open. Five schools are due to be extended for school year 2019 if elected. The Liberals have set a target of 75% TCE attainment by 2022, and the year 12 apparent retention rate to 80%. $24.5m in recurrent funding in schools over four years and $6m for capital upgrades supports the policy.
Extending high schools through to year 12 facilitates more Tasmanian young people to complete their schooling. Tasmania’s school retention rate has been low historically, and our school completion rate continues to lag the nation. Only the ACT has adopted a similar model of separate colleges, with very different underlying geography; Tasmania has a much larger gap in student achievement at year 12 than it does at year 9. Even in urban areas, year 12 completion lags comparable schools in other states (Ramsay and Rowan 2016). The policy is evidence-based, equitable, and supports a strong future for Tasmanians.
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