New school targets have been developed to focus our efforts on the range of factors that allow students to develop and achieve their best.
The progress we are making in schools will be tracked using broader measures than literacy and numeracy, which are currently tracked through NAPLAN.
The new targets will measure students’ development of the skills needed to succeed in life, as well as measuring their health and resilience. They will track the progress of both government and non- government school students.
The targets will also track how well we’re doing at reducing disengagement and the effect of disadvantage on student achievement and will gauge community confidence in our government school system.
How will it work?
The new targets are designed to bring Victoria in line with the highest levels of achievement and quality in learning. They will focus our effort on the knowledge, skills and attributes that matter most to parents, students and employers.
As schools focus effort to improve, aiming at these Education State targets, we will see more students reaching the highest levels in reading, maths and science.
A key focus for schools is breaking the link between a child’s social and economic background and how well they do at school.
At the same time, schools will give students the skills they need for work and life like resilience and the capacity for critical and creative thinking. More students will take part in physical activity at school and achieve at the highest levels in the arts.
What are the targets?
Education State target areas are:
Why are targets needed?
The new targets are ambitious and directly reflect our goal to have great schools, great teachers and to give every child the best chance in life.
The targets make clear what Victoria wants to achieve from Education State investments, and give schools direction on what we are aiming to achieve for students.
What does this mean for my child/school?
Schools will be given the flexibility to invest in programs and interventions that are best suited to the students at their school. These targets will motivate schools to focus their resources on student needs at the local level in a way that is backed up by expert advice and robust evidence.
Achieving these targets will give assurance that the Education State investment is meeting its goals of better learning and life outcomes for all students – wherever they go to school.