Student absenteeism is a well-documented factor in poor
performance at school. Students who skip
school, skip classes and arrive late for school tend to have lower test scores
[OECD, PISA 2012 Results: What
Makes Schools Successful? Resources, Policies and Practices (Volume IV),
2013, p. 60].
It is likely to be a factor behind the high proportion of Australian
students who do not achieve expected international standards in reading,
mathematics and science. Data from PISA 2015 show that a much higher percentage
of Australian students skipped a day of
school at least once in the two weeks prior to the PISA test than in other
high performing countries and the OECD average.
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One of the most disappointing aspects of the responses to Australia’s 2015 PISA results is the lack of constructive analysis of the factors behind the declining results and low achievement by many disadvantaged students.
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This paper reviews the results and discusses the potential influence of a range of factors.
This is a summary of an Education Research Brief published by Save Our Schools. The full Brief can be downloaded below
Disadvantaged students in Australia are being denied equal opportunities to learn because they have less access to qualified teachers and material resources than advantaged students. The gaps in access to education resources between advantaged and disadvantaged schools in Australia are among the largest in the world and the OECD.
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Yet another new study shows that increased funding targeted
at disadvantaged students significantly improves secondary school results. It
found that increases in school funding significantly increase the probability
that low achieving students complete high school. It provides further support
for increased funding for disadvantaged students in Australia.
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New school enrolment data show a reversal of the steady
drift of students from public to private over the past 40 years. Figures
released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics last week show that the share
of public school enrolments increased from 60.05% of all enrolments in 2015 to
60.09% in 2016. This is the first time the public school share has increased
since the 1970s.
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An unprecedented unholy alliance between Tanya Plibersek and Tony Abbott on overfunding of private schools was once again revealed this week. Labor’s position on overfunding was exposed yet again as morally bankrupt, cynical and at complete odds with its supposed support for the principle of needs-based school funding.
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The Federal Minister for Education, Simon Birmingham was quick to pounce on the PISA 2015 results published in December to put another knife in the Gonski funding plan. He took the opportunity to repeat his highly misleading claim that school funding increases don’t improve school outcomes. This oft-repeated claim serves one purpose only – to justify his Government’s refusal to fully fund Gonski.
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The PISA results published in December present a major conundrum for education policy makers. The decline in results across the board for Year 10 students are in sharp contrast with the general improvement in Year 12 results over the past 10-15 years. Why the trends in results for students only two year levels apart are so disparate is a puzzle that requires serious investigation.
Instead, we saw an opportunistic response from the Federal Education Minister, Simon Birmingham, who was quick to pounce on the PISA results to justify dismembering the Gonski funding plan. It was just another opportunity to repeat highly misleading claims that school funding increases don’t improve school results.
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The following is the text of a new Education Policy Brief by Trevor Cobbold published by Save Our Schools.
The Federal Minister for Education, Simon Birmingham was quick to pounce on the PISA 2015 results published in early December to put another knife in the Gonski funding plan. He took the opportunity to repeat his highly misleading claim that school funding increases don’t improve school outcomes. His oft-repeated claim serves one purpose only – to justify his Government’s refusal to fully fund Gonski.
Continue reading “Birmingham is Wrong Again on School Funding and Outcomes”
The following is a summary of a new Education Policy Brief from Save Our Schools. The full Brief can be downloaded below.
The knives are out on school funding in the lead-up to the national education ministers’ meeting next week to determine the funding arrangements to apply from 2018. The cuts are being disguised by fiddling with the rates of annual increases in funding provided by the current funding model. It amounts to a confidence trick on the public. School funding is being cut by stealth.
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