National Report on Schooling in Australia 1997

Background

The National Report on Schooling in Australia provides a comprehensive account of schooling to the nation.

Where to find a copy

  • A copy of each report has been distributed by education departments to every school in Australia free of charge.
  • Copies of each report are lodged with all Australian State Libraries and with the National Library of Australia.
  • Download pdf of individual chapters from the links below.

National Report on Schooling in Australia, 1997

 

Table of contents

 

 

Preface

iii

 

Common and Agreed National Goals for Schooling in Australia

ix

NATIONAL OVERVIEW

 

1

THE CONTEXT OF AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLING

1

1. 1

Introduction

1

1. 2

Responsibility for schooling in Australia

1

1. 3

MCEETYA

2

1. 4

The structure of schooling in Australia

4

1. 5

National goals and 1997 priorities

4

1. 6

Key statistics on schooling in Australia in 1997

6

1. 7

International comparisons

13

2

RESOURCING AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS

15

2. 1

Overview

15

2. 2

Principal areas of expenditure

15

2. 3

Recurrent funding

17

2. 4

Capital expenditure by State governments

21

2. 5

Commonwealth capital funding

22

2. 6

Expenditure as a proportion of GDP

22

3

TEACHERS AND TEACHING

23

3. 1

National developments

23

3. 2

Staff numbers and characteristics

23

3. 3

Teacher education

26

3. 4

Issues affecting teaching in Australia

31

4

FOCUS ON SCHOOL-INDUSTRY LINKAGES

33

4. 1

Vocational education and training in schools

33

4. 2

School-industry links

37

4. 3

Participation in VET

38

4. 4

National developments in VET and related areas

40

4. 5

Other issues and directions for VET

43

5

EFFECTIVE SCHOOLS AND QUALITY SCHOOLING

46

5. 1

Involvement of young people in schooling

46

5. 2

Improving the quality and effectiveness of schooling

50

5. 3

Key Competencies

55

5. 4

Initiatives in the post-compulsory years

57

5. 5

Beyond senior secondary schooling

58

5. 6

Other issues and areas of focus

63

6

FOCUS ON INDIGENOUS STUDENTS

65

6.1

An overview

65

6. 2

Indigenous school students: outcomes

65

6. 3

Other key developments

75

7

OTHER EQUITY ISSUES AND ACHIEVEMENTS

78

7. 1

Developments in relation to the National Strategy for Equity in Schooling

78

7. 2

Key equity initiatives

78

7. 3

Work towards defining equity target groups

86

7. 4

Expenditure on equity target groups

86

7. 5

Access, participation and attendance of students in equity groups

91

7. 6

Retention and completion rates to year 12

92

7. 7

Progress towards achieving equity goals for students with disabilities

95

8

FOCUS ON LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH

97

8. 1

Access and participation

97

8. 2

Student achievement in LOTE

99

8. 3

NALSAS - collaborative projects

100

8. 4

NALSAS - reports from the States

102

8. 5

Significant issues and initiatives in LOTE

103

8. 6

Uptake of the national LOTE statement and profile

105

8. 7

Allocation of curriculum time to the LOTE KLA

106

8. 8

Involving parents and the community in the teaching and learning of LOTE

108

8. 9

LOTE teacher training and availability

108

8.10

Current research into the teaching and learning of LOTE

110

9

FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY

111

9. 1

Participation in technology as a key learing area

116

9. 2

Access to information and communication technologies

116

9. 3

Student achievement in techonology education

117

9. 4

Initiatives and developments

117

9. 5

Emerging issues in technology education

123

10

OTHER AREAS OF CURRICULUM AND STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

125

10.1

The 1997 National Literacy and Numeracy Plan

125

10.2

Literacy and numeracy - identifying students at risk

125

10.3

Strategies for intervention

126

10.4

Developing national literacy and numeracy benchmarks

129

10.5

Professional development in literacy and numeracy

130

10.6

State reporting of outcomes in numeracy and literacy

132

10.7

National surveys and reporting of outcomes

137

10.7

Subject enrolments at year 12

141

STATE CHAPTERS

 

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

147

 

VICTORIA

155

 

QUEENSLAND

165

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

177

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

189

 

TASMANIA

201

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

213

 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

231

 

COMMONWEALTH

241

 

List of tables

257

 

List of figures

263

 

Glossary

265