National Report on Schooling in Australia 1998

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, 1998

 

Table of contents

 

 

Introduction

 iii

 

Common and Agreed National Goals for Schooling in Australia

vii

PART 1

NATIONAL OVERVIEW

1

Chapter 1

HIGHLIGHTS OF 1998

3

 

Revision of the national goals for schooling

3

 

Progress towards national benchmarks for literacy and numeracy

3

 

Vocational education and training in schools

4

Chapter 2

THE NATIONAL GOALS FOR SCHOOLING

5

 

Review of the national goals

5

 

The national goals and this report

6

 

Focus areas for 1998

6

 

System and school objectives and priorities

7

 

The Commonwealth's objectives for schooling

7

Chapter 3

MEETING THE NATIONAL GOALS FOR SCHOOLING: FOCUS AREAS

9

 

Literacy

9

 

National Benchmarks

9

 

Implementing the national literacy plan

10

 

The results of State assessment programs

10

 

Citizenship education

19

 

Discovering Democracy

19

 

Multicultural education

22

 

Parliamentary education

22

 

Anti-discrimination activities

24

 

The arts

25

 

Student participation in the arts

25

 

Displaying achievement in the arts

28

 

Measuring achievement in the arts

29

 

Significant development in arts education

30

 

Vocational education and training in schools

31

 

National developments in 1998

31

 

Participation in VET in Schools program

31

 

Assessment, certification and accreditation of VET in schools

35

 

Accreditation and certification arrangements in States and Territories

35

 

Evaluation of VET in Schools programs

37

 

Provision for socioeconomically disadvantaged students

39

 

Definition

39

 

Making special provision

41

 

Measuring progress

43

Chapter 4

MEETING THE NATIONAL GOALS FOR SCHOOLING: OTHER AREAS

49

 

Skills goals

49

 

Numeracy

49

 

Languages other than English

61

 

Excellence goals

65

 

Teacher supply and demand

65

 

Professional development and teacher education

66

 

Action on Paedophilia

70

 

Drug education and school drug prevention

73

 

Equity goals

77

 

Provision for Indigenous students

77

 

Implementing the Gender Equity Framework

84

 

Provision for students with disabilities

86

 

Provision for rural and isolated students

88

 

Provision for students from a language background other than English

90

 

Funding equity programs

91

Chapter 5

Retrospect and Prospect

93

 

Enrolment patterns

93

 

Teacher staffing

94

 

Some apparent trends

94

 

Assessment and reporting

95

 

Vocational education and training

95

 

Schooling for socioeconomically disadvantaged students

96

 

Indigenous students

96

PART 2

STATE/TERRITORY AND COMMONWEALTH REPORTS

99

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

101

 

VICTORIA

109

 

QUEENSLAND

115

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

123

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

131

 

TASMANIA

139

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

145

 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

155

 

COMMONWEALTH

167

 PART 3

APPENDICES

183

Appendix 1

Statistics

185

 

The context of Australian schooling

185

 

Schools and students

186

 

International comparisons

204

 

Teachers and teaching

207

 

Resourcing

213

 

Equity

217

Appendix 2

Publications

221

 

List of tables and figures

229

 

Glossary

237