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Social background not always a guide to Yr 12 Attainment

Posted on 10 February 2019
Social background not always a guide to Yr 12 Attainment

Recently the Productivity Commission released its report on Government Services 2019 including school education.

Among the many areas it reported on was the level of Yr 12 attainment across Australia in 2017.  While normally the social background of the student is a strong determiner of this outcome i.e. the higher the socio economic backround the greated the chance of sucess, both Queensland and the ACT did not follow this trend with those with medium soci-economic status outperforming their more advantaged peers.

In dollar terms the Commonwealth provided the following in 2017:

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Other highlights from the report included:

  • in 2017, there were 9,444 schools and 3.8 million full time equivalent students enrolled across Australia
  • 65.5 per cent of full time equivalent students were enrolled in a government school
  • in 2016, the national proportion of Year 4 students that achieved at or above the national proficient standard for reading literacy (PIRLS) was 80.9 (±2.0) per cent, a significant increase from 2011 although results vary by jurisdiction
  • across the three testing domains (PISA), the proportions of Australian 15 year old students who achieved at or above the national proficient standard in 2015 were significantly lower than the proportions achieved in the last major domain cycle (2009 for reading, 2012 for mathematics, and 2006 for science)
  • in 2015, a similar proportion of students achieved at or above the intermediate international benchmark in 2015 (TIMSS) compared to previous assessments, other than for the Year 4 science assessment, where a significantly higher proportion of students achieved the benchmark compared to 2011, although results varied across jurisdictions

The Complete Productivity Commission on School Education can be found here:

https://www.pc.gov.au/research/ongoing/report-on-government-services/2019/child-care-education-and-training/school-education

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