School choice


The state of schooling: state, state-integrated and private school performance in New Zealand

This report explores school effectiveness across state, state-integrated, and private schools, otherwise defined as school authority (or type).
Policy report

What do parents want from schools?

This paper provides an insight into parental perspectives of the current state of school choice and resourcing, based on a survey of Australian parents that reveals the areas of importance to them—and how they and their children could be better served by the education system.

Tomorrow’s Schools: data and evidence

This report looks at data of 400,000 New Zealand students and reveals there are no significant differences in school performance between different deciles.
Discussion paper

Separating scholars: how Australia abandons its struggling schools

Based on an analysis of end-of-school measures of student achievement from 1,600 schools in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, this paper concludes that Australia's school system is increasingly separating and dividing students by advantage and achievement.
Discussion paper

Institutionalised separation: the impact of selective schools

This discussion paper looks at inequity within selective schools and their impact on other schools. It presents evidence of dramatic, and deepening, educational inequality.
Journal article

Towards the formulation of a pedagogical framework for Islamic schools in Australia

During the last 30 years ‘Islamic’ or Muslim schools have sprung up in Europe, North America and Australia. Reasons for the establishment of these schools generally pertain to Islamic faith and quality of education. Parents desire their children to be positive participants in, and contributors...

Markets in education: 'school choice' and family capital

This book chapter, by Helen Proctor and Claire Aitchison, is concerned with how families, as consumers, are shaped by, and respond to marketised schooling. Within this frame, financial capacity is more important than ever before – indeed the success of these reforms depend on a...

Science, policy and Partnership Schools

Is New Zealand’s Partnership School Kura Hourua scheme really a policy ‘shambles’?

Australian schools: the view from Mars

The Federal Government's competition review is disastrously wrong about education THE SUPPORT for more competition in schooling expressed this week by the Harper review of competition policy is so facile, and cast at such a high level of abstraction and in tones of faux reasonableness...

The war that doesn’t end

The kids call it “a shit school,” shorthand for their parents’ opinion of the local secondary school. These kids will go to a private, or a “good,” public school. Anywhere but their local secondary school, the one I call Pariah College. Pariah Colleges can crop...