Mind the gaps: what can we do about widening gaps in school education in Australia?
Learning gaps between Australian students of different backgrounds are alarmingly wide and grow wider as students move through school.
Grattan Institute recently published Widening gaps: what NAPLAN tells us about student progress. The report finds that the gap between students with parents with low education and those with highly educated parents grows from 10 months in Year 3 to around two-and-a-half years by Year 9. Bright kids in disadvantaged schools fall two and a half years behind bright kids in advantaged schools by Year 9, even though they were doing just as well in Year 3.
These students are not getting a fair go.