The following is a summary of a new Education Research Brief published by Save Our Schools. It can be downloaded below.
Disadvantaged students in Australia are being denied equal opportunities to learn because they face far more shortages of teachers and material resources than advantaged students. The gaps in access to education resources between advantaged and disadvantaged schools in Australia, between rural and city schools and between public and private schools are huge. Not only are they amongst the largest in the OECD but they are also amongst the largest in the world. This is totally unacceptable for a country that regards itself as egalitarian.
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new paper published by the US Century Foundation reviews studies of two school
finance reforms in the US that proved effective at improving student outcomes,
especially in low-income and previously lower-spending schools. The two reforms
reviewed are new school funding formulae introduced in Massachusetts in 1993 and
in California in 2013. Both reforms were based on the principle that school districts
serving higher need children require not the same, but more resources per student.
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There is extensive research evidence of the impact of family background
on student results. Many studies from the United
States, the United
Kingdom, the OECD and Australia also show
a school socio-economic composition (SEC) effect whereby students attending schools
with a high concentration of students from poor families tend to have lower
results than students from similar backgrounds attending schools with higher
proportions of students from well-off backgrounds.
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In a ground-breaking decision
last week, the US Court
of Appeals ruled that the US Constitution “provides a fundamental right to
a basic minimum education” for all students and that the “Supreme Court has
recognized that basic literacy is foundational to our political process and
society”. The decision makes it clear that public education has a critical role
in providing the right to a basic education.
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Data from the OECD’s
Programme for International Assessments (PISA) in 2018 confirm everyday
impressions of the vast gap in the resources of public and private schools in
Australia. They show that private schools have far more, and better quality,
teacher and physical resources than public schools. Despite the fact that
public schools enrol over 80% of the most disadvantaged students, they are
constrained by a lack of education resources.
While class sizes and student-teacher ratios are similar in
public and private secondary schools, public schools have far fewer highly
qualified teachers, more teacher shortages, more inadequately qualified
teachers, more teacher absenteeism and more shortages of assisting staff than
private schools. Much higher proportions of students in public schools have
their learning hindered by a lack of educational materials, poor quality
educational materials, lack of physical infrastructure and poor quality
infrastructure than in private schools. There are also significant differences
between the resources available to lower fee and higher fee private schools.
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The following is a summary of a new Education Research Paper published by Save Our Schools. The paper can be downloaded below.
New data from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2018 show that Australia allocates more and better quality teacher and physical resources to socio-economically advantaged secondary schools than to disadvantaged schools. The gaps are amongst the largest out of 36 countries in the OECD. The highest performing countries in the OECD generally allocate resources more equitably between low and high SES secondary schools.
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There is extensive research evidence that the social composition
of schools is a significant factor in educational inequality. Students from
different socio-economic status (SES) families who attend schools with a high
concentration of students from high SES families tend to achieve higher test
results and higher graduation rates. There are negative consequences for high
and low SES students from attending low SES schools.
A new study published in the academic journal Studies
in Educational Evaluation has found similar effects on educational
inequality from social segregation in school systems. It found that social
segregation within European education systems amplifies social disparities in
educational achievement. Achievement gaps between low and high SES students
tend to be higher in more highly segregated school systems.
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The following is a summary of a new report from the Learning Policy Institute in the United States on school finance reform. It reviews reforms by four US states to undertake progressive school funding strategies in order to substantially improve learning opportunities for all students. It provides recommendations for federal and state policies to address funding inequalities that contribute to the cycle of poverty. It shows that money matters when it comes to improving schools and that how money is spent is critical.
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A new OECD report, Balancing School Choice and Equity, shows that school choice policies have increased social and academic segregation between schools which, in turn, reduced equity in education. Australia is a prime example of the impact of choice on social segregation. School choice has been at the centre of education policy for the last 20 or more years. Australia now has one of the most socially and academically segregated school systems in the OECD and has highly inequitable education outcomes.
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The Gonski Institute for Education recently published a
valuable paper on equity in education titled Improving
Educational Equity in Australian Education. It discusses what is equity,
why equity in education matters and makes recommendations for improving equity
in education. However, its definition of equity in education is limited and imprecise.
The paper should have adopted the equity definition of the original Gonski
report because it offers a more effective guide for education policy and
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