The following is a summary of a new Education Research paper published by Save Our Schools. It can be downloaded below.
Data drawn from the My School website show that school
systems in Australia are highly segregated by socio-economic background both nationally
and in each state, although the extent of the segregation varies between states.
Highly and medium disadvantaged schools are over-represented
in public schools and under-represented in private schools. In contrast, highly
and medium advantaged schools are under-represented in public schools and
over-represented in private schools.
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A paper presented to the annual
conference of the American Economic Association in January that examined
the largest school construction program ever in the United States found strong evidence
that it lead to improvements in test scores, attendance and student effort. It also
found that the construction program increased neighbourhood house prices.
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Strong teacher unions are critical to improving equity in school funding according to a new study published in the academic journal Review of Economics and Statistics. They also play a major role in translating funding increases into increases in student achievement.
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One of the challenges to improving results in highly disadvantaged
schools is recruiting and retaining high quality teachers. Disadvantaged
schools often have high teacher turnover which impacts on student achievement. A
new US study has found that selective retention bonuses for high quality
teachers leads to increases in student achievement in high poverty schools.
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An ACT Legislative Assembly Committee
report on student test results has re-ignited the controversy over school
performance. It draws on several reports showing under-performance in
comparison with other states and recommends a public inquiry into the causes.
A full public inquiry is even more necessary than suggested
by the Committee. It is needed to address the poor results of disadvantaged
students and high inequity in outcomes between rich and poor as well as general
under-performance relative to the ACT’s demographic characteristics.
Continue reading “A Public Inquiry into ACT School Results Is Long Overdue”
New funding figures show that government funding increases
for private schools continue to far outstrip increases for public schools.
Total government funding per student in public schools was cut between 2009-10
and 2016-17 while private schools received a massive increase. Even during the
Gonski funding period of 2012-13 to 2016-17 increases in funding for private
schools far outstripped those for public schools.
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Numerous studies over the past decade or more show that increases in school funding increase student achievement, school completion rates, post-school education and labour market outcomes particularly for disadvantaged students. Now, a new US study shows that more equitable funding of schools increases intergenerational income mobility. Equalisation in school spending closes the gap in investments on the education of low- and high-income students, and this promotes equalisation in their later life outcomes.
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Public accountability for the use of taxpayer funding is a
fundamental tenet of democratic government. Yet, this principle has long been ignored
by Catholic education authorities who refuse to reveal how they distribute
government funding amongst their schools despite it being a legislative requirement.
Their refusal has been connived at by successive governments that failed to make
the Commonwealth Department of Education enforce the legislation. The latest example
of this tacit agreement at work is the refusal of the Education Department to fully
disclose how Catholic Education Commissions distribute their taxpayer funding.
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The Joint Committee of Public
Accounts and Audit of the Parliament has slammed the Commonwealth Department of
Education for failing to ensure that government funding of public and private
school systems is distributed according to needs-based principles. In
a bi-partisan report tabled in the Parliament last week, the Joint
Committee criticised a lack of transparency and accountability about school
funding caused by inadequate administrative arrangements.
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This article is a summary of a new Education Research Brief published by Save Our Schools. The Brief can be downloaded below.
Public schools are being defrauded by billions under school funding agreements finalised at the end of last year between the Commonwealth and state/territory governments (“the states”). Public schools in all states except the ACT will be under-funded indefinitely while private schools in all states except the Northern Territory will be fully funded or more by 2023. Private schools also get more favourable phase-in arrangements than public schools.
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