Students fall behind, new study reveals
■ Nearly 30 per cent of WA students are failing to finish Year 12 or a vocational equivalent by the time they are 19, with children from disadvantaged backgrounds more likely to fall behind.
A report released last week by the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University in Melbourne examined national data on Australian children’s progress on four key educational milestones: at school entry, Year 7, Year 12 and the percentage in work, study or training by the time they were 24.
In WA, 23 per cent of children were not developmentally ready to start school, 29.4 per cent had fallen behind at the Year 7 mark, 29 per cent had not completed a Year 12 qualification and 25 per cent were not working or studying at age 24.
WA figures were similar to average percentages for all States.
Mitchell Institute director Sara Glover said the findings confir med that while Australia’s education system worked well for around three-quarters of students, it was not helping some who were most in need.