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Statistics are widely used in the development and evaluation of social policy. Closing the Gap indicators, studies on the effectiveness of drugs being considered for inclusion in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), analyses of National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results and...
This AEU inquiry submission argues that a significant shortfall of federal funding for public schools will magnify the stark disadvantages and under-resourcing that already disproportionately threaten regional, rural and remote public schools around Australia.
For quite some time the achievements of students in remote Australian schools have been lamented. There is not necessarily anything new about the relative difference between the results of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in remote communities and their counterparts in urban, regional and...
This paper summarises the information derived from the 2011 Softlink Australian School Library Survey and explores the relationships between budgets, staffing and student literacy levels in school libraries.
Principle findings from the 2011 Softlink Australian School Library Survey include:Where student...
Efforts to enforce compulsory schooling by linking welfare assistance to school attendance are rarely successful in themselves, according to this report.
Efforts to enforce compulsory schooling by linking welfare assistance to school attendance are rarely successful in themselves. One reason is...
This release presents information on the socioeconomic context of school achievement in Tasmania and the outcomes for Tasmanian Year 12 graduates and early school leavers, such as further study and participation in the labour market.
With the recent release of the Federal Government’s ‘My School’ website, this report discusses how to measure school performance accurately, and the importance of incorporating these performance measures into managing each level of school education systems.
‘My School’ publishes school performance scores for each...
What is surprising in the last two years of debate over an Australian national curriculum has been the failure to engage with research on the enacted curriculum: on what actually goes on in Australian classrooms.
Important contributions to this edition of Curriculum...
THIS was always going to be a big year in education and it doesn’t get much bigger than the release of the report of the Review of Funding for Schooling, known as the Gonski review. We’ve had reviews and reports before but this one has...
The file set is a freely downloadable aggregation of information about Australian schools. The individual files represent a series of tables which, when considered together, form a relational database. The records cover the years 2008-2014 and include information on approximately 9500 primary and secondary school...