Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

17 December 2019

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Phonics Testing Pilot

A total of 20 Tasmanian Government Schools will take part in a phonics testing pilot next year as part of the Hodgman majority Liberal Government’s commitment to lifting educational outcomes.

The National Year 1 Phonics Screen Test pilot is a short, simple assessment that tells teachers how students are progressing in phonics, which is an essential skill for learning to read and write.

The pilot will determine the future implementation of the program in in 2021, with pre and post assessments carried out in 2020 to determine its success.

We recognise literacy is an area of upmost importance for all Tasmanians, which is why we are continuing to build knowledge and practices in this space with a number of initiative already underway.

This includes Launching into Learning, Learning in Families Together (LIFT), which will now be extended to a further 29 schools, and our commitment to provide access to a literacy coach to every school.

Earlier this year, we also launched our Literacy Framework 2019 -2022, which outlines how we will support all learners to develop the skills and confidence to succeed in literacy over the next four years.

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