Fighting for Equity in Education

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Save Our Schools Calls for Submissions on Gonski Funding Loadings for Low SES students

Posted on Wednesday September 10, 2014

Under pressure from public school organisations the Federal Government has opened up the hitherto secret and biased review of the Gonksi low SES funding loadings. SOS calls on public school organisations, teachers, principals and parents to make submissions. >> Read on...

It is the Funding Stupid: Fixing Remote Indigenous Student Attendance

Posted on Monday August 18, 2014

Northern Territory funding of remote and very remote schools on the basis of attendance rather than enrolments is making it harder to improve Indigenous student achievement in these areas. >> Read on...

New Data on the Education Divide Between Rich and Poor

Posted on Wednesday August 6, 2014

A new paper by the Australian Bureau of Statistics provides more evidence on the education divide between rich and poor. >> Read on...

Large Gaps in Financial Literacy Between Rich and Poor

Posted on Tuesday July 15, 2014

New results from the OECD’s 2012 PISA study show large gaps in financial literacy between advantaged and disadvantaged students in Australia. >> Read on...

Audit Commission Ignores the High Concentration of Disadvantage in Government Schools

Posted on Thursday May 8, 2014

The Audit Commission recommendation to terminate Gonski funding after 2017 ignores the extent of disadvantage in government schools. New figures from My School show high concentration of disadvantage in government schools. >> Read on...

Greater Funding Equity Increases Student Results

Posted on Sunday March 9, 2014

New research shows that greater equity in school funding increases student outcomes. >> Read on...

The Prime Minister Should Fully Implement Gonksi to Improve Indigenous Education

Posted on Wednesday February 19, 2014

If the Prime Minister is serious about his “passionate” commitment to improving Indigenous education, he should stop the sabotage of the Gonksi funding model and implement it in full. >> Read on...

Disadvantaged Schools Have Fewer Educational Resources than Advantaged Schools

Posted on Tuesday January 28, 2014

The gaps in educational resources between disadvantaged and advantaged schools in Australia is amongst the largest of all the 65 countries participating in the OECD’s Programme for International Asssessment (PISA). >> Read on...

Kevin Donnelly - The "Cory Bernadi" of Education Policy

Posted on Monday January 20, 2014

Kevin Donnelly uses bad science to link educational inequalities in Australia to genetic differences in cognitive ability and justify the continuation of disadvantage and social inequality in education. >> Read on...

NAPLAN Results Show Australia has a Major Equity Problem in Education

Posted on Friday December 20, 2013

The only verdict to be drawn from the latest NAPLAN report is that Australia has a major equity problem and little progress has been made in alleviating it in the last five years. >> Read on...

The Defenders of Privilege in Education Are on the Counter-attack

Posted on Wednesday August 21, 2013

The arguments of defenders of privilege in education are not supported by the evidence. There is no substantial evidence that high achieving students are being ignored and that socio-economic background has little impact on student results. >> Read on...

Explaining the Socio-Economic Gap in School Completion Rates

Posted on Thursday June 13, 2013

A new study shows that the two main factors in explaining the gap in school completion rates between low and high socio-economic status students are lower education aspirations of low SES students and their parents and lower academic performance at age 15 by low SES students. It suggests that a multi-faceted approach is needed to reduce the gap. < >> Read on...

Closing the Opportunity Gap

Posted on Wednesday May 1, 2013

A new book sets out comprehensive policies to close the opportunity gaps in education. >> Read on...

Social Segregation in Schools is Increasing

Posted on Saturday April 20, 2013

Social segregation in Australia’s schools has increased markedly over the past 25 years. Students from low income families are highly concentrated in public schools while private schools have much larger proportions of their enrolments from high income families. >> Read on...

Make or Break Time for Gonski

Posted on Monday February 25, 2013

It is make or break time for the Gonski school funding model. It is imperative that the current inequitable and incoherent funding model be replaced. It is imperative that priority be finally given to funding disadvantaged schools. >> Read on...

New Figures Show No Progress in Reducing Low Student Achievement in the Past 30 Years

Posted on Friday February 22, 2013

New figures show that no progress has been made over the past 30 years in reducing the proportion of students finishing school with only the most basic literacy and numeracy levels. >> Read on...

Inequality Persists in Higher Education in Australia

Posted on Wednesday February 20, 2013

A new paper by academics from the University of Canberra shows that a disproportionately large share of university undergraduates is still drawn from higher socio-economic backgrounds. >> Read on...

Student Background Has a Strong Influence on Achievement

Posted on Thursday December 20, 2012

The latest results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) confound claims by private school organisations that socio-economic background has little effect on student achievement. The results show a strong connection between socio-economic status and student achievement in Australia and internationally. >> Read on...

New Test Results Reinforce the Case for Action on Gonski

Posted on Friday December 14, 2012

The latests international test results confirm Australia’s highly inequitable education system and reinforce the case for action on the Gonski report recommendation to boost funding for disadvantaged students.< >> Read on...

School Results Stagnate and High Inequity Remains

Posted on Friday November 16, 2012

It seems that all the education reform over the past five years has had little impact. The COAG Reform Council says that school results have stagnated and high inequity remains. >> Read on...

Parent and Student Expectations Influence School Completion Rates

Posted on Tuesday October 30, 2012

A new study has found a large gap between rich and poor in completion of high school in Australia. It also found that students from lower income families are less likely to be encouraged by their parents to complete high school. < >> Read on...

High SES Students Get Better Teaching

Posted on Monday August 20, 2012

A new analysis shows that students from poor backgrounds in Australia have less exposure than wealthy students to teaching practices that are associated with higher results. >> Read on...

High Inequality in Learning Outcomes Demands Action

Posted on Wednesday August 1, 2012

Despite the claims of the Coalition spokesman on education, Christopher Pyne, Australia does have an equity problem in education. International comparisons of school results show high inequality in Australia. < >> Read on...

Pyne Denies the Facts on Inequity in Education

Posted on Monday July 23, 2012

Low income, Indigenous and remote area students can expect little support from a Coalition Government. The Coalition’s spokesman on education, Christopher Pyne, says that Australia does not have an equity problem in education even though low income students are about three years behind their high income peers and Indigenous students are about four years behind. >> Read on...

Many Victorian Schools to Miss Out on Equity Funding

Posted on Friday July 20, 2012

A school principal comments on changes announced by the Victorian Government to its Education Maintenance Allowance which will see cuts in funding to many schools. >> Read on...

Fund Disadvantaged Students and Everyone Benefits

Posted on Saturday February 11, 2012

There has been virtually no change in overall NAPLAN results since 2008, in the results of disadvantaged students and in the large gaps between the results of disadvantaged and advantaged students. >> Read on...

New OECD Report Calls for Greater Fairness in Education

Posted on Wednesday February 8, 2012

A new OECD report on equity and quality in education puts pressure on the Australian Government to come up with a school funding system better targeted at disadvantaged students. >> Read on...

School Funding Should be Better Directed at Reducing Disadvantage

Posted on Thursday February 2, 2012

A confidential report to the Gonski Review of School Funding says that the Australian school system has become segregated between rich and poor with government funding being spent on supporting school choice rather than reducing the achievement gap between rich and poor. >> Read on...

National Equity Funding Programs are too ‘Hit and Miss’

Posted on Friday December 23, 2011

A study has identified significant problems with the Smarter Schools National Partnerships. The funding is small; it is not well targeted at students or schools and it is not being used in the most effective ways. >> Read on...

Education and Poverty: Confronting the Evidence and Policy Responses

Posted on Tuesday December 6, 2011

US scholar says that addressing the achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children will require a broader and bolder approach to education policy than the recent efforts to improve education in the US.< >> Read on...

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