The ASG Parents Report Card investigates the state of education using three indexes: the Educational Resources Index, the Learning Resources Index and the Aspirations Index.

The report continues to be the only one of its kind, analysing the perceptions of the educational environment, as perceived by parents.

Parents continue to be a fundamental stakeholder in the education landscape and the only ones who can bring together the home and school life of Australia’s children.

Now in its third year, the ASG Parents Report Card continues to evolve; probing deeper into emerging topics in education, such as internet safety and sexuality, which are prompting a shift in the mindset of all parents, teachers and policy makers.

While confident that their children have access to the resources, skills and knowledge needed to determine their success, there is still some work to do to ensure all children have access to a holistic education. This will provide children with all the important social skills they need to develop into successful adults.

A summary of ASG’s key insights raised in this report are as follows:

-          The perceived role of higher education in future success differs in city versus country, with a degree not as strongly linked to future academic success in regional areas.

-          While parents believe their daughters are more motivated to succeed, they have higher expectations for their sons.

-          Mothers express a greater sense of realism about their child’s ability to study and avoid distractions in comparison to fathers.

-          The cultural differences and ethnic backgrounds of parents have an impact on the perceptions of their child’s educational environment.

-          Cultural differences also play a role in attitudes towards sex education, with the home not being the best place to discuss this for everyone.

-          Parents are concerned with the level of resources and money dedicated to NAPLAN testing, with the majority believing it’s the academic resources inherent in children themselves which determine their success.

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