The Socio-Economic Status (SES) score methodology used in recurrent school funding arrangements

Educational finance Non-Government schools School funding Australia
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The Centre for International Research on Education Systems (CIRES) at Victoria University has been commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (DET) to prepare a research paper on the Socio-Economic Status (SES) score methodology. The SES score is used to allocate Australian Government recurrent funding to non-government schools, and is intended to measure the capacity of families and school communities to contribute towards the operating costs of non-government schools.

This research paper provides a stocktake of development activities since the SES score was conceived in 1996, and subsequently used to allocate recurrent funding from 2001. The paper then synthesises stakeholder issues and views on the SES score, and identifies areas for possible further exploration.

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