A COALITION commitment to support the collection of data on students with a disability and learning difficulties has been welcomed by a disability lobby group.
But Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby founder Kristen Desmond said she was unsure how any additional students picked up in the data collection process would be adequately funded.
Federal opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne said yesterday that if the Coalition came to power in September it would support the data collection process around Australia, of both students with a disability and learning difficulties.
The process is set to get under way in October.
Although the rest of the country is phasing in the process over a couple years, all Tasmanian public schools, if able to, would be expected to begin this year.
Ms Desmond said she had concerns about the process being undertaken consistently across the state, as it would be left to individual teachers to identify all students with disabilities and learning difficulties in their class and some could missed.
"The way I understand it the teachers will do it and the principals will have the authority to approve those selected," she said.
"So there's potential for kids to fall through the gap and not be picked up."
Ms Desmond said if only 2 per cent of students were on the severe disability register, yet according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics there were about 8.4 per cent of school-aged students in Tasmania with a disability, there would be a significant rise in the number to be identified.
This in turn raised the question about how those additional students identified would be funded from 2015, as no rate of the Better Schools Plan disability loading had been made public.