By Maria Hatzakis
Queensland is behind the national average in some aspects of a new education report.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) study looked at data from 2006 to 2011.
It has found that fewer young Australians have been taking up full-time work or study after leaving school.
The national proportion of young people who were fully engaged in work or study after leaving school dropped slightly from about 74 per cent to about 73 per cent.
In Queensland, just under 70 per cent of young people were working or studying full-time.
The report also looked at standards in reading and numeracy from 2008 to 2012.
It found the state’s reading standard was below the national average.
While the proportion of Queensland students meeting the minimum standard improved in grades three and five, there was no significant change in grades seven and nine.
The numeracy scores of Queensland students have also been among the lowest in the country.
Their performance improved in grades three and five, fell in grade seven and there was no significant change in grade nine.
But the proportion of Queensland students who met the minimum numeracy standard was below the national average in grades three and five, and it was among the lowest levels in grades seven and nine.
In 2012, nationally about one in 15 students in grades three, five, seven and nine did not reach the minimum numeracy standard.
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