A study published by the US National Bureau of Economic Research this week shows that bringing all students up to a basic level of education increases work force skills and economic growth. It adds to the substantial weight of international and Australian evidence that increasing student achievement increases economic growth.
The study analysed the economic implications of improved educational achievement and estimated how economic development would be altered by school improvement in individual US states. It estimated that if all US students achieve a basic education within ten years this would increase GDP in 2095 by 14.6 per cent and increase long-run economic growth by 0.24 per cent a year. GDP in 2095 would be 1.8 times higher than in 2015. Continue reading “More Evidence That Better School Results Increases Economic Growth”
The latest national report on the NAPLAN results published last
week indicates that the ACT school system (public and private) is
underperforming. It appears to be underperforming on average student results,
student progress and equity. The apparent under-performance warrants an
independent public review.
The ACT has many advantages over other jurisdictions in
factors that influence school results. It has higher average income and parent
education levels than elsewhere. It has fewer disadvantaged students and less
extreme poverty. The average
socio-economic status of students and schools in the ACT is much higher than in
other states. All its schools are in the metropolitan area; it has no remote
area students. Average school (public and private) income per student is higher
than any other jurisdiction except Western Australia and the Northern
Despite these advantages, average NAPLAN results for the ACT
are no better than for Australia and several states. The report’s statistical analysis
of state relativities shows that the ACT results in writing, spelling, grammar
and punctuation, and numeracy for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are not statistically
different from the Australian average or those in several states.
Continue reading “The ACT’s Underperfoming School System Warrants Independent Review”
In an extraordinary move earlier this month,
the head of the Prime Minister’s Department, Michael Thawley, criticised
increased funding for education within days of the Prime Minister suggesting
that the Government would consider fully funding the Gonski school plan. Only a
week after Malcolm Turnbull floated the idea of restoring the last two years of
the Gonski plan that was abandoned by Abbott, Thawley used flawed figures to warn
against increasing school funding.
Continue reading “Top Public Service Mandarin Badly Bungled School Funding Figures”
A new OECD report provides some interesting perspective on the debate over immigration in Europe and the Paris terrorist attacks. It shows a sharp contrast between the integration of immigrant children in schools in France and Belgium compared to Australia. Immigrant children in France and Belgium are the most alienated in the OECD, indicating a failure of integration, whereas far fewer immigrant children in Australia are alienated from school.
Continue reading “Integrating Immigrant Children in School is an Australian Success Story”
The following is a short presentation to the
Progressive Canberra Summit held at the National Gallery of Australia on
Saturday, 14 November. It uses results from the OECD’s Programme of
International Assessments (PISA) for 15 year-old students conducted every three
years to assess the performance of the ACT school system. The latest results
are for 2012.
Continue reading “Is the ACT School System Underperforming?”
In a rare public
statement on education funding, David Gonski has turned up the pressure on the
Federal Government and the Opposition to fully implement his funding model and
reduce disadvantage in education.
Continue reading “David Gonski Turns Up the Pressure on Turnbull and Shorten”
A Melbourne school
principal responds to the school student from an elite private school who made
derogatory slurs against students from public schools on social media.
Continue reading “The Price of Privilege”
The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, put the Gonski funding
plan back on the agenda recently saying that everyone agrees “we need more
resources into education and it needs to be needs-based”. There is now hope for
Gonski whereas previously there was despair under Abbott and Pyne.
Continue reading “Turnbull Creates New Optimism for Gonski”
School choice does not necessarily deliver better results for students according to a new research brief. The brief reviewed research on various alternatives to public schools in the United States and found that the impact of school choice on student learning generally shows mixed results with studies typically showing little or no difference in overall performance compared to traditional public schools.
Continue reading “School Choice is No Guarantee to Improve Results”
NSW Parliamentary Committee report has slammed the approach by the NSW
Department of Education to closing schools as “heavy handed”. It says the
Department failed to properly consult with communities affected by proposed
school closures, was not impartial in dealing with communities and ignored
research evidence on the value of small schools educationally and to small
regional communities. It makes ten recommendations to improve consultation
about school closures.
Continue reading “NSW Parliament Committee Slams Education Department on School Closures”