23 Oct 2018

This national report card on NAPLAN school results reveals big differences between the states on the rate of progress students make over the course of their schooling.


13 May 2018

This resource argues that Australian taxpayers invest more than $50 billion per year in the school system. NAPLAN is an important measure of the return on this investment, and provides valuable information for schools, teachers, parents and students.


7 May 2018

This presentation of evidence and insights regarding the impact of single-sex schooling on student achievement was presented at the Fearless Girls Strong Women conference, Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia Educators Conference 2018.


9 Apr 2018

This report reveals Australia’s NAPLAN testing regime is failing the nation’s students and is quite possibly contributing to declining performance standards across the nation.


13 Dec 2017

NAPLAN data provide parents, schools, governments and the non-government school sectors with important information about whether young Australians are reaching important educational goals.


8 Aug 2017

Young carers suffer a substantial negative impact on their academic achievement arising from their time spent caring for others.

Briefing paper

21 Jul 2017

This report exposes the systemic failure of the ACT's primary education system and offers recommendations on how to rejuvenate the sector.


29 Feb 2016

Explores student mobility in NSW government schools and the impact mobility has on student outcomes.

Summary The Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) has conducted the first system-wide study of student mobility in NSW government schools, using linked enrolment data from 2008...

Discussion paper

21 Jan 2016

The Commonwealth Department of Education commissioned the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) to assess the value and implications of eight enhancements to the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY).

The objective of LSAY is to track young Australians as they move from...


2 Dec 2015

Provides a wealth of data and information that are used by schools, governments and education authorities to inform decisions about the education of young Australians.

Summary The National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests are conducted in May for all students across Australia...


21 Oct 2015


This report covers the academic performance of children in care, by linking the data from the Child Protection National Minimum Data Set (CP NMDS) and the National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). Privacy was protected during the linkage process through the use of...


26 Jul 2015

A huge spread of achievement levels in Australian classrooms is making it hard for teachers to implement best education practice and target their teaching to the needs of every individual student.

A range of studies show that at any given year level there is...


23 Nov 2014

IB Primary Years Programme students star in NAPLAN results compared with like and other Australian schools

The aim of this research study was to examine and document the impact of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) implementation on student outcomes, pedagogical practice and...


22 Oct 2014

Abstract: This paper examines the extent to which year-9 performance on the National Assessment Program—Language Arts and Numeracy (NAPLAN) predicts access to higher education as determined by subsequent achievement on year-12 Victoria Certificate of Education (VCE) exams. VCE performance is measured via three binary...


27 Jun 2012

In all other states, the number of Indigenous children failing NAPLAN tests is increasing. This is the fourth report in the Indigenous Education series by Professor Helen Hughes and researcher Mark Hughes and finds that the government is wrongly blaming Indigenous failure rates on ethnicity,...

17 Feb 2012

Australia’s educational system must be one of the most over-reviewed in the OECD, states David Zyngier in T he Conversation

Hundreds of Select Committees – Federal and State, Upper and Lower House in the past 20 years have reviewed teacher quality and student outcomes....

Conference paper

2 Aug 2010

Innovation, creativity and passion are alive and well in schools throughout Australia. However these are increasingly constrained in a command-and-control approach that is leading to an unprecedented level of centralisation, standardisation and bureaucratisation. The concern of this paper about the impact of current constraints arises...


8 Jan 2010

On 18th December 2009 Ministers with responsibility for schooling released the full set of results from 2009’s national literacy and numeracy tests (NAPLAN) that were conducted across Australia in May.

The NAPLAN involves all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 being...


14 Sep 2009

I HAVE A GREAT IDEA to improve the health of Australians, and it goes to the heart of the problem: the performance of doctors. The profession has been operating free of scrutiny for too long and must be made much more transparent. As consumers we...



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