Fighting for Equity in Education

The struggle is long but hope is longer

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 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...



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