Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Steady progress in closing Indigenous education gap

Premiers Reading Challenge, Stafford

3 July, 2018 –

Queensland’s state schools are successfully closing the gap in the classroom, with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student retention rate continuing to rise.

Since 2012, the Year 10-12 apparent retention rate for Indigenous state school students has continued to improve, rising at a faster pace than for non-Indigenous students.

In 2017, the Year 10-12 apparent retention rate gap fell to 16.1 percentage points, down from a high of 21.4 per cent in 2012. This shows that we are making gains towards closing the gap for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

In addition, last year 97.2 per cent of Indigenous state school students across Queensland achieved Year 12 certification, compared to 98.1 per cent of non-Indigenous students.

Also, nearly two thirds (63.8 per cent) of OP eligible Indigenous state school students across Queensland achieved an OP 1-15 in 2017, up one percentage point from 2016.

Queensland is home to close to one third of Australia’s Indigenous student population, with 29.9 per cent of the total number of full-time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students enrolled in Queensland schools in 2017.