National Minimum Standard For Indigenous Students Essays

1544 Words Oct 27th, 2016 7 Pages
Unfortunately the statistics in this domain too paint a grim picture. Results indicate that ‘Indigenous Australians have considerably lower numeracy and literacy levels than the non-Indigenous population, significantly higher school absenteeism rates, and lower school completion outcomes’ (Bandias et al., 2013, cited in Cuervo et al., 2015, p.8). Additionally, the situation in regional and remote communities is even worse. On the one hand there is a general decline in the quality of education in those areas along with a shortage of early education options and schools. On the other hand the number of Indigenous people residing there is considerably higher compared to the metropolitan centres (Cuervo et al., 2015) thus adding to the educational disadvantage. In comparison to other demographic groups in Australia, national minimum standard for Indigenous students in 2014 between metropolitan and remote areas was as follows: Indigenous Year 3 students who were at or above the national minimum standard for reading ranged from 84% in Metropolitan areas to 37% in very remote areas, whereas the corresponding proportions for non-Indigenous Year 3 students were 95% and 91%, respectively (AIHW, 2015). Retention rates for Indigenous students were also lower in comparison to other students at each year level with the lowest rate seen in high school. Retention rates in Year 7/8 to Year 12 in Indigenous students was 55.1 per cent in comparison to other students at 82.9 per cent (AIHW,…

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