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Reporting and comparing school performances

Nationally comparable data about school performances should be reported to the public, but should not be used to create league tables, according to this paper. Written by Geoff Masters, Glenn Rowley, John Ainley and Siek Toon Khoo, the paper was prepared for the Ministerial Council...

Schools, Australia, 2008

The statistics in this publication relate to government and non-government schools, students and school staff, and were collected through the non-finance National Schools Statistics Collection (NSSC), which was established through the work of the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA). For...

National report on schooling in Australia 2005. National benchmark results: reading, writing and numeracy, years 3, 5 and 7

In 2005, the percentage of students not meeting the benchmarks in numeracy in Year 3 was 6%, however, by Year 5 this had increased to 9% and by Year 7, 18% of students were not meeting the benchmark. Results for Year 7 students also show...
Journal article

Who's getting caught? An analysis of the Australian Medicare safety net

The Medicare Safety Net (MSN) was introduced in March 2004 to provide financial relief for those who incur high out-of-pocket costs from medical services. The policy has the potential to improve equity.

McMaster review: supporting excellence in the arts - from measurement to judgement

Sir Brian McMaster, former Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Culture, to undertake a review to report on: ? How the system of public sector support for the arts can encourage excellence, risk-taking and innovation ? How...

Beyond the classroom: building new school networks - Introduction

This new book, based on the findings of a year long research project, offers a clear strategy through the uncertainty and controversy surrounding the current education agenda. The message that emerges from the research is that piecemeal reforms to schooling will not provide solutions to...

Evaluation of school-based arts education programs in Australian schools

Participation in school-based arts education programs can have a positive impact on students' engagement with learning, according to recent ACER research. However, there was little statistical evidence of improvement in academic progress as a result of participation in arts education. Jennifer Bryce reports on the...

Literacy education in school: Research perspectives from the past, for the future

An overly negative view of literacy and reluctance to take account of history has limited research and led indirectly to the advancement of some unproductive ideas about literacy, according to this review of research on literacy education by the Australian Council for Educational Research. The...

Teachers and the waiting game: why decentralisation is vital for public schools

This paper argues that centralised staffing systems benefit teacher unions but are to the disadvantage of students or even the majority of teachers. It is said to be a system that delivers neither quality nor equality. The paper suggests that more autonomy be given to...

Building creative partnerships - a handbook for schools

This handbook builds on the experience of Creative Partnerships in over 2500 schools in 36 areas of England. It offers ways for schools to work with external partners to support imaginative enquiries - bringing the curriculum to life and delivering across and beyond it for...