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School education: a quick guide to key internet links Marilyn Harrington Social Policy Section

This Quick Guide provides links to:

• information about the policy and administrative framework for school education

• individual school information

• school funding information

• statistics—including student achievement statistics and other international statistics

• Indigenous education

• Australian organisations

• international organisations and overseas education departments and

• state and territory government websites.

Policy and administrative framework • The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians agreed to by the Australian Government and state and territory government education ministers in 2008, sets the goals and directions for Australian schooling.

• The Department of Education and Training (DET) has major responsibility for Australian Government school education programs.

• Australian Government school education programs and funding for Indigenous school students are administered by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, which has primary responsibility for Indigenous affairs, and the Department of Education and Training.

• The Education Council is a standing council of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). Its membership includes Australian Government and state and territory government education ministers and New Zealand ministers with portfolio responsibility for school education and/or early childhood. It replaced the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC) from 1 July 2014. The Education Council’s website includes an archive of the publications and communiques of the SCSEEC and its predecessors.

• The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is responsible for the development of the Australian (national) curriculum, the National Assessment Program, which includes NAPLAN, and national data collection and reporting.

• The National Report on Schooling in Australia, published by ACARA since 2009, provides an overview of school education in Australia, key statistics and funding information. Earlier editions (1989-2008) were published by the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) and its predecessors and are available on the Education Council’s website.

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• The annual Report on Government Services, published by the Productivity Commission, provides an overview of school education in Australia, key statistics and funding information.

• The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) provides ‘national leadership for the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments in promoting excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership’. Its work includes the development of professional standards, national registration and professional learning for teachers and initial teacher education reform.

Information about schools • School term dates

• The My School website, managed by ACARA, provides information about all schools in Australia and includes key statistical data, financial information and school-wide National Assessment Program (literacy and numeracy) results.

• M Harrington, Schools by Commonwealth Electoral Division, 2014, Parliamentary Library, Canberra, 2015. The information for individual schools includes school name, school type and address. For non-government schools, campus information and affiliation are also provided. The website includes a list of school enrolments by electorate. (Note: this item is only available to members of Parliament.)

School funding • Australian Government funding for schools is provided under the Australian Education Act 2013 and the Australian Education Regulation 2013. The Guide to the Australian Education Act 2013 provides a detailed explanation of the legislation.

• The legislation is in accord with COAG’s National Education Reform Agreement.

• M Harrington, Funding the National Plan for School Improvement: an explanation, Background note, Parliamentary Library, Canberra, 26 June 2013. Provides an explanation of the then proposed school funding arrangements for 2014.

Australian Government funding for schools prior to 2014 • M Harrington, Australian Government funding for schools explained: 2013 update, Background note, Parliamentary Library, Canberra, 8 March 2013. Explains the previous funding arrangements and includes a brief history of Australian Government funding for schools and historic funding and statistical information.

• The Report on Financial Assistance Granted to each State in Respect of (year). This annual report provided funding information by program, and a summary of general recurrent and capital grants for individual non-government schools, under the previous systems of Australian Government funding for schools. From 2009, summary information about government schools was not included because of changes in school funding arrangements introduced in 2009. The latest edition is for 2013 (this may be the last issues under this title).

Statistics • Schools, Australia, published annually by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

• The National Report on Schooling in Australia provides an overview of school education in Australia, key statistics and funding information. Earlier editions (1989-2008) were published by the MCEECDYA and its predecessors.

• The annual Report on Government Services provides an overview of school education in Australia, key statistics and funding information.

Student achievement statistics • The National Assessment Program (NAP), managed by ACARA, includes the annual National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 and three-yearly NAP Sample Assessments in Science Literacy, Civics and Citizenship, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Literacy.

• The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a three-yearly international survey of the reading, mathematics and science capabilities of 15-year-old students.

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• Progress in International Reading and Literacy Study (PIRLS), a project of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), is a five-yearly international assessment of the reading ability of students in Year 4.

• The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), an IEA project, is a four-yearly international survey of the mathematics and science achievement of students in Year 4 and Year 8.

Other international statistics • Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators provides annual comparative data on the education systems of member and partner countries of the OECD.

• United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics

Indigenous education • The National Indigenous Reform Agreement (Closing the Gap) established the education targets for Indigenous Australians. Annual performance assessments for the agreed targets from the 2013-14 edition are produced by the Productivity Commission (previous assessments were prepared by the COAG Reform

Council).

• Australian Government school education programs and funding for Indigenous school students are administered by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC), which has primary responsibility for Indigenous affairs, and the Department of Education and Training.

• The DPMC’s Indigenous school education programs are provided under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy. The Children and schooling component of the National Partnership on Northern Territory Remote Aboriginal Investment also provides funding for Indigenous school education programs.

• The Productivity Commission (PC) publishes the biannual report, Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage. This report provides information across a range of areas, including education. From 2016, the PC’s annual Report on Government Services will feature separate Indigenous ‘data tabs’ (this information was previously collated in a separate Indigenous compendium).

Australian organisations The following are some educational organisations that represent the interests of school education stakeholders and/or undertake research relating to school education. The Australasian Education Directory provides a comprehensive listing of educational organisations.

• Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia

• Australian Council for Educational Research

• Australian Council of Deans of Education

• Australian Council of State School Organisations

• Australian Education Union

• Australian Parents Council—represents the interests of parents of non-government school students.

• Australian Primary Principals Association

• Australian Secondary Principals Association

• Independent Education Union of Australia

• Independent Schools Council of Australia

• National Catholic Education Commission

• Save Our Schools—a public education advocacy organisation.

International organisations and overseas education departments International organisations • The European Community’s Eurydice Network provides information and analysis of European education systems and policies.

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• Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)—Early Childhood and Schools

• United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - Education for the 21 st Century

Overseas education departments • Canada—the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada is an intergovernmental body of the Canadian provincial ministers of education. It provides links to the education ministries of each Canadian province. Note: there is no federal education department.

• Great Britain—Department for Education

• New Zealand—Ministry of Education

• Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development—list of education ministries of member countries. Note: not all information will be in English.

• United States:

- federal Department of Education—includes links to state education departments.

- Education Commission of the States provides access to information about federal and state education policies, legislation, research and statistics.

State and territory government websites Australian Capital Territory (ACT) • Find an ACT school

• Education and Training Directorate

• ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies

New South Wales (NSW) • Find a NSW government school

• Find a NSW non-government school

• Department of Education

• Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES)—includes responsibility for non-government schools.

Northern Territory (NT) • Find a NT school

• Department of Education

• Northern Territory Board of Studies

Queensland • Find a Queensland school

• Department of Education and Training

• Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority

South Australia (SA) • Find a SA school

• Department for Education and Child Development

• South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE Board of SA)

Tasmania • Find a Tasmanian school

• Department of Education

• Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification

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Victoria • Find a Victorian school

• Department of Education and Training

• Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Western Australia (WA) • Find a WA government school

• Find a WA non-government school

• Department of Education

• Department of Education Services—has responsibility for non-government schools.

• School Curriculum and Standards Authority

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