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Updating the evidence : the Rudd Government's intentions for schools /

by McMorrow, Jim.

Publisher: Southbank, Vic. Australian Education Union 2008Description: PDF.Notes: Family & early years School to work SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: "This paper examines the Rudd Government s funding decisions for schools since the May 2008 Budget and the analysis in my earlier report "Reviewing the evidence: Issues in Commonwealth funding of government and non-government schools in the Howard and Rudd years" (August, 2008). It does so by examining the funding allocations for schools made through the two significant events that have occurred since the Budget: the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) and, more significantly, the package of additional funding agreed with the States and Territories through the Council of Australia Governments (COAG). These decisions provide a clearer picture of the Rudd Government s funding intentions for schools, at least for the next five years." -- AuthorAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Review of funding for schooling : emerging issues paper /

by Australia. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace elations.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australia. Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Gonski Review.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2010 Includes bibliographical references Chairman: David GonskiSummary: The aim of this emerging issues paper is to present the views heard by the panel during its preliminary listening tour that was undertaken during the latter part of 2010 across all states and territories. The panel heard views from over 70 education groups, including government and non-government education authorities, Indigenous education and special education representatives, and parent, principal, teacher and union groups. The views summarised in this paper are not those of the panel, but of those who generously shared their views with the panel. The issues and concerns raised in submissions to the review have also been incorporated. While a range of issues were raised, discussion broadly centred around seven key themes: (1) equity of educational outcomes; (2) recurrent funding; (3) capital funding; (4) targeted and needs-based funding, including funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; (5) support for students with special needs and students with disability; (6) governance and leadership; and (7) community and family engagement.Availability: (1)

Review of funding for schooling : final report /

by Australia. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace elations.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australia. Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations 2011Description: PDF.Other title: Gonski report.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2011 Includes bibliographical references Chairman: David Gonski Includes bibliographical references and indexSummary: High-quality schooling fosters the development of creative, informed and resilient citizens who are able to participate fully in a dynamic and globalised world. It also leads to many benefits for individuals and society, including higher levels of employment and earnings, and better health, longevity, tolerance and social cohesion. Overall, Australia has a relatively high-performing schooling system when measured against international benchmarks, such as the Programme for International Student Assessment. However, over the last decade the performance of Australian students has declined at all levels of achievement, notably at the top end. This decline has contributed to the fall in Australia?s international position. In 2000, only one country outperformed Australia in reading and scientific literacy and only two outperformed Australia in mathematical literacy. By 2009, six countries outperformed Australia in reading and scientific literacy and 12 outperformed Australia in mathematical literacy. In addition to declining performance across the board, Australia has a significant gap between its highest and lowest performing students. This performance gap is far greater in Australia than in many Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, particularly those with high-performing schooling systems. A concerning proportion of Australia?s lowest performing students are not meeting minimum standards of achievement. There is also an unacceptable link between low levels of achievement and educational disadvantage, particularly among students from low socioeconomic and Indigenous backgrounds. Funding for schooling must not be seen simply as a financial matter. Rather, it is about investing to strengthen and secure Australia?s future. Investment and high expectations must go hand in hand. Every school must be appropriately resourced to support every child and every teacher must expect the most from every child.Availability: (1)

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