New plan for NSW education
Increasing the number of students with the HSC or equivalent qualifications, improving the quality of teaching and giving schools more decision-making power to meet local needs are among targets outlined in the new state plan.
Ensuring all children have access to quality early childhood education in the year before formal schooling by 2013 is also among targets in the State Government's NSW 2021 Plan.
The 10-year plan sets out seven targets aimed at improving education and learning outcomes for all students.
Increasing the proportion of students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 above the national minimum standard for reading and numeracy - and in the top two performance bands - are among the targets.
To achieve this, the Government will implement the NSW Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan and expand and enhance professional learning programs for teachers.
Other "priority actions" in the plan include increasing student access to quality retention programs in Years 10 to 12 to help meet the target of having 90% of 20-24 year-olds attain a HSC or Certificate III qualification, or above, by 2020.
The education goal is among 32 goals outlined in the NSW 2021 plan.