Jennifer Buckingham is a Research Fellow in the Social Foundations program at the Centre for Independent Studies. Jennifer's main area of work is school education.
This report argues that a national check of all Year 1 students in the areas of reading, phonics and numeracy will ensure that students who are behind in their schooling are identified early and can receive the extra support they need.
In order to read proficiently, students need accurate and fluent word identification skills and adequate language comprehension. Put simply, they must be able to work out what the words on the page or screen are, and know what they mean.
The most effective way...
Every election campaign seems full of promises to spend more money, raise more taxes and make government bigger. Voters expect politicians to offer solutions to all manner of problems, most of them far outside federal jurisdiction and many of which are not problems government can...
How children learn to read is one of the most studied aspects of education. There is a large and rigorous body of scientific evidence identifying the key elements of high quality reading instruction. The research literature also unequivocally shows that explicit instruction...
Australia has a relatively large degree of choice between schools, a product of historical private and non-profit sector involvement in the provision of schooling after British colonisation. Analysis of school funding data in this report shows that there are more similarities in...
Examines the policies and research on charter schools and their equivalents in five countries –USA, Sweden, Chile, England and New Zealand.
Summary Charter schools and free schools – publicly-funded, privately-managed schools – have been introduced in several countries around the world as a...
This report analyses school funding growth trends and proposes eight ideas for reducing spending and improving productivity.
Government expenditure on schools has more than doubled in real terms in the last 25 years, while student numbers have only grown by 18%....
This collection of speeches makes the case that students are not being provided with the most effective evidence-based reading instruction in the early years of school.
Executive summary: This collection of edited speeches is from a CIS policy forum held on 14 November...
Key findings:The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Trends in International Maths and Science Study (TIMSS) are driving education policy in Australia. The implication of analyses of international assessments that compare school systems is that Australia could achieve equivalent performance...
The current level of inconsistency and divisiveness in the funding systems for government and non-government schools indicates a clear need for reforming school funding in Australia.
Widespread dissatisfaction with the current arrangements has been documented across the education sector. Forty percent of respondents in...