TASMANIA leads the nation with the highest number of children in state care recording three or more suspensions, according to a new report.
The child in care advocacy group CREATE Foundation held the local launch of its 2013 report card, Experiencing out-of-home-care in Australia, this week.
As at June 2011, there were 966 children in out-of-home-care in Tasmania - these include those in foster and residential homes.
The foundation's Tasmanian co-ordinator Tenielle Moore said exact reasons why the state is topping the nation are unknown, however there were a number of contributing factors that may be more apparent here.
The most dominant was the lack of stability, or a place to call home.
Ms Moore said one young person who took part in the study said each time they moved foster placements, they changed schools and so their school work was different.
"These experiences would affect his relationships with teachers and peers often leading to suspension due to disruptive behaviour," she said.
Foster Carers' Association of Tasmania vice- president Maggie Phillips echoed what the report found regarding a lack of consistency across government schools and said while some offered great programs for foster children, others were pretty much left to fail.
According to the most recent Australian Childhood Foundation figures, significant proportions of out-of-home- care children fell below the national minimum standards (2009) in literacy and numeracy.
Department deputy secretary Liz Banks said schools provide a range of programs that contribute towards personalised learning for all students.
She said any issues with a school are best discussed with them.