Queechy High School has recorded the largest boost to students achieving their Tasmanian Certificate of Education among the region’s high schools.
Data collected by the Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification, showed across the board there were more Northern Tasmanian students achieving TCE.
However, Queechy showed the biggest improvement, with an increase of 46 students achieving TCE between 2013 and 2017.
About 58 students achieved TCE in 2013, which improved to 104 students in 2017.
Queechy High School principal Rob Fleming said he was pleased to see the improvement and put it down to the school’s strong relationship with its neighbouring colleges.
“We are very pleased with the results, some of it its cohort-dependent but the trend overall is great to see,” he said.
Mr Fleming said Queechy maintained strong relationships with both Newstead College and Launceston College to help the transition for students.
“We also have a strong focus on My Education, which helps to identify pathways for students,” Mr Fleming said.
Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff announced four more high schools in the south would extend formal partnerships with different colleges in 2020 on Thursday.
“We have far exceeded our original commitment to have 21 schools extended to Years 11-12 by 2018 which is part of our plan to keep more young people engaged in education longer and to create the job ready generation of the future,” Mr Rockliff said.
“Year 12 attainment, measured through the attainment rate of the Tasmanian Certificate of Education is also the highest on record, at 58.9 per cent, up more than 10 per cent since 2014.”
Queechy High School recorded the best results for the region but is not an extension high school, which is a policy brought in by the Hodgman government to support attainment and retention.
There are 38 schools across Tasmania that have or will extend to years 11 and 12, some of which have formal partnerships with neighbouring colleges.
Cressy District High School, recorded the best results out of the extended high schools in the North with an increase of 10 students.
Extension high schools at Lilydale and Kings Meadows recorded a loss of students achieving TCE qualifications.
Lilydale District High School showing 17 students in 2013 and only 14 in 2017. The school extended to years 11 and 12 in 2017.
Kings Meadows High School, which extended to years 11 and 12 this year, showed 56 people achieved TCE in 2013, which reduced to 48 in 2017.
The Education Department annual report showed TCE attainment for senior secondary students was rising year on year.
In 2017, 58.9 per cent of senior secondary students achieved TCE, which has improved from 48.8 per cent in 2014.
“These improvements keep us on track towards our target of 75 per cent of students achieving the TCE in 2022,” the report read.
Data is not yet available for 2018.
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