Fighting for Equity in Education

The struggle is long but hope is longer

Community Schools Are a Successful Strategy for School Improvement

Posted on Tuesday July 18, 2017

Community schools can be a successful strategy for improving schools according to a new review of research studies and program evaluations. >> Read on...

Factors Contributing to School Success by Disadvantaged Students

Posted on Thursday July 13, 2017

A new study has found that strong peer relationships, caring supportive teachers, family and community support, and strong motivations all contribute significantly to school success by disadvantaged students. >> Read on...

Inclusion Rules the Day

Posted on Monday July 3, 2017

Senator Hanson’s statements on children with autism are based on ignorance and are a breathtaking simplification. Her comments fail to distinguish between the few children for whom a special setting school is appropriate and the many for whom it would be a short cut to a diminished education.< >> Read on...

Big Divide Between Haves and Have-Nots in Australian Education

Posted on Wednesday June 28, 2017

A new study shows extensive inequality in education in Australia. Many young children do not receive a ‘fair go’ in accessing education opportunities. >> Read on...

Social Segregation in Australian Schools is Amongst the Highest in the World

Posted on Thursday May 4, 2017

Social apartheid is a feature of Australia’s school system. A new OECD report shows that social segregation in Australian schools is amongst the highest in the world. >> Read on...

Call to Change School Uniforms for Girls

Posted on Friday April 28, 2017

Girls’ Uniform Agenda are leading a movement across Australia to change current school uniforms to allow girls to wear shorts and long pants. Skirts and dresses reduce physical activity at school by girls. >> Read on...

The Benefits of Socio-Economic and Racial Diversity in Schools

Posted on Thursday April 13, 2017

A new research brief shows that socio-economic and racial diversity in schools are beneficial to students in terms of academic results and social understanding and tolerance. >> Read on...

Effective Ways of Improving Achievement by Low SES Students

Posted on Tuesday April 11, 2017

A major new review of academic studies on ways to improve the school results of low socio-economic status (SES) students has identified several interventions that substantially improve achievement. >> Read on...

How Has it Come to This?

Posted on Friday March 31, 2017

We are at another fork in the education road in the struggle between constructing an education system that better serves disadvantaged students or one that serves privilege in education. >> Read on...

Resource Gaps Between Advantaged & Disadvantaged Schools Among the Largest in the World

Posted on Monday February 13, 2017

The gaps in access to education resources between advantaged and disadvantaged schools in Australia are among the largest in the world and the OECD. >> Read on...

NAPLAN Report Shows Little Progress in Reducing Inequity in Education

Posted on Sunday April 10, 2016

The NAPLAN results for 2015 show little progress in reducing inequity in education. Large percentages of disadvantaged students do not achieve national standards and large achievement gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged students continue. >> Read on...

What My School Really Says About Our Schools

Posted on Tuesday March 29, 2016

A summary of a new report that shows that the increasing segregation between high and low SES schools is being driven by large funding increases for private schools. >> Read on...

OECD Report Highlights Education Inequity in Australia

Posted on Monday February 29, 2016

A new OECD report highlights large inequities in education in Australia. It says that more resources and a multi-pronged approach are needed to address disadvantage in education. >> Read on...

The Increasing Ethnic Divide Between Schools Undermines Multiculturalism

Posted on Wednesday January 27, 2016

Rather than being microcosms of the community, schools are increasingly divided by class and ethnicity. A new study shows that the growing social and ethnic divide between schools has worrying implications for multicultural social relations and for social justice. >> Read on...

NAPLAN Online Test of Writing Could Widen the Achievement Gap

Posted on Friday January 22, 2016

New research by the US National Centre for Education Statistics shows that the introduction of on-line testing of writing, as planned by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, may widen the achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students. >> Read on...

Integrating Immigrant Children in School is an Australian Success Story

Posted on Monday November 23, 2015

A new OECD report shows Australia’s school system has been highly successful in integrating immigrant children in school. Australia’s success contrasts with that of schools in France and Belgium which have the most alienated immigrant students in the OECD. >> Read on...

Unequal Access to Curriculum is Widening Achievement Gaps in Schools

Posted on Tuesday October 6, 2015

Access to rigorous mathematics in Australian schools is amongst the most unequal in the OECD and this is a major factor in the large achievement gap in mathematics between rich and poor. >> Read on...

Preschool Education Has Major Benefits

Posted on Friday October 2, 2015

A new report shows that universal access to preschool education enhances developmental outcomes for all children, particularly for disadvantaged children. >> Read on...

Growing Social Segregation in Australia’s Schools

Posted on Friday September 18, 2015

Australia’s schools are becoming more segregated in terms of class and ethnicity and it has serious implications equity in education and for multiculturalism and social cohesion. >> Read on...

Dropping Out of School is Deadly

Posted on Thursday July 16, 2015

Scientific research shows that completing high school leads to lower levels of mortality and that not completing school may be as deadly as smoking. Gonski funding will be good for health as well as education. >> Read on...

Study Finds that School SES has a Strong Impact on Student Achievement

Posted on Wednesday July 1, 2015

A new study shows that the socio-economic composition of schools has a large effect on student achievement. It contradicts claims that school socio-economic composition is irrelevant for student achievement. >> Read on...

Low SES Students Do Better Than High SES Students at University

Posted on Wednesday June 3, 2015

Report shows that first year students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds at Victoria University achieved better results than high SES students. >> Read on...

Improving Equity in Education Boosts Economic Growth and Health

Posted on Friday May 29, 2015

Recent studies show that improving equity in education boosts economic growth, reduces income inequality and increases health and well-being. >> Read on...

Australia Has High Quality, but Mixed School Outcomes

Posted on Monday May 11, 2015

A working paper published by SOS shows that Australia has high quality, but mixed school outcomes. The paper is the first in a series on equity in education and school funding in Australia. >> Read on...

Poverty and Education

Posted on Thursday May 7, 2015

A policy brief highlights the extent of poverty amongst US school children and its effects on learning and access to school resources >> Read on...

Reducing Inequity in Education is Vital in NSW

Posted on Friday March 27, 2015

Reducing huge inequality in education between rich and poor is the most urgent education issue facing the next NSW government. >> Read on...

Improving Equity in Education Increases Economic Growth

Posted on Friday March 13, 2015

Two recently-published studies show that inequality in education is a significant factor affecting economic growth. Both studies find that income inequality limits economic growth because low income families tend to have low education outcomes. >> Read on...

Equity or Privilege in Education?

Posted on Friday February 27, 2015

The future of education policy in Australia is about whether to improve equity in education or compound privilege. Full implementation of the Gonski funding plan would deliver increased equity. >> Read on...

Closing Achievement Gaps Increases Economic Growth and Reduces Income Inequality

Posted on Monday February 23, 2015

Study says that closing the achievement gap between rich and poor would increased economic growth and government revenue and reduce income inequality. >> Read on...

OECD Says Australia Should Reduce Education Inequality

Posted on Tuesday February 10, 2015

OECD report says that disadvantaged students in Australia face severe educational shortfalls. It says that Australia should act to improve equity in education. >> Read on...

ABS Study Shows Big Achievement Gap Between Rich and Poor in Qld

Posted on Monday January 12, 2015

Study shows a large achievement gap between high and low SES students in Queensland. >> Read on...

Low SES Students Do Better at Uni than High SES students

Posted on Tuesday January 6, 2015

A new study shows that students from low SES schools have higher grades in first year university than students from high SES schools and that public schools students achieve just as well as private school students. >> Read on...

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 Tuesday August 20, 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 Wednesday February 1, 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...

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