National Report on Schooling in Australia 1999

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, 1999


 

Table of contents

 

 

Introduction

iii

 

The purpose of the National Report

iii

 

The structure of the report

iii

 

Responsibility of the report

iv

 

Common and Agreed National Goals for Schooling in Australia

ix

PART 1

NATIONAL OVERVIEW

1

Chapter 1

HIGHLIGHTS OF 1999

3

 

Revision of the national goals for schooling

3

 

National reporting of literacy benchmark results

4

Chapter 2

MEETING THE NATIONAL GOALS FOR SCHOOLING

5

 

Responsibilities for schooling in Australia

5

 

The structure of Australian schooling

5

 

The national goals for schooling in Australia

6

 

Review of the national goals

7

 

The national goals and this report

9

 

Focus areas for 1999

9

Chapter 3

MEETING THE NATIONAL GOALS FOR SCHOOLING: FOCUS AREAS

 11

 

Literacy and numeracy

11

 

Development of national benchmarks

11

 

Implementing the National Literacy Plan in States and Territories

12

 

State and territory Literacy assessment results

28

 

State and territory initiatives in numeracy

40

 

State and Territory Numeracy assessment results

48

 

Indigenous students in australian schools

53

 

Literacy

53

 

Numeracy

55

 

Apparent retention

56

 

Grade progression

57

 

Attendance

57

 

Secondary school results

58

 

Indigenous education in the States and Territories

59

Chapter 4

MEETING THE NATIONAL GOALS FOR SCHOOLING: SKILLS

67

 

Languages other than English

67

 

Enrolment trends

67

 

National Asian Languages and Studies in Australian Schools

69

 

Implementing NALSAS

70

 

Civics and Citizenship

80

 

Curriculum initiatives

80

 

Curriculum materials

80

 

Professional development

81

 

Programs

82

 

Sample survey

83

Chapter 5

MEETING THE NATIONAL GOALS FOR SCHOOLING: EXCELLENCE

85

 

Vocational education and training in schools

85

 

National initiatives in vocational education in schools

85

 

Student participation in vocational education in schools

86

 

Evaluation of VET in Schools programs

89

 

Vocational education in the States and Territories

89

 

Teacher supply and demand

100

 

Innovation in schools and systems

106

 

Curriculum development

106

 

School and Community Initiatives

107

 

Professional development

108

 

School organisation and management

110

 

Middle schooling

110

 

School organisation

110

 

Local management of schools

112

 

School performance review

114

 

Action to prevent paedophilia

117

 

Implementing the national strategy

117

 

Drug education

122

Chapter 6

MEETING THE NATIONAL GOALS FOR SCHOOLING: EQUITY

129

 

Schooling for students with disabilities

129

 

Provision for students in isolated areas

137

 

Country Areas Program

137

 

Use of on-line resources

137

 

Collaboration, excursions and special events

138

 

Provision of additional resources

138

 

Professional development and research/td>

139

 

Educational outcomes for rural students

140

 

Students from language backgrounds other than English

141

 

Level and nature of special provision

141

 

Curriculum development

144

 

Professional development

144

 

Multiculturalism

144

 

Community Language programs

144

 

Implementing the National Gender Equity Strategy

145

 

Understanding the process of construction of gender

145

 

Curriculum teaching and learning

145

 

Violence and school culture

146

 

Post-school pathways

148

 

Supporting change

148

 

Provision for socioeconomically disadvantaged students

149

 

Literacy and Numeracy

150

 

Increasing retention

152

Chapter 7

RETROSPECT AND PROSPECT

153

 

Enrolments

153

 

Teacher staffing

154

 

Destinations of school leavers

154

 

Curriculum development

155

 

Schooling for students with disabilities

155

 

Education of boys

156

 

Vocational education and training in schools

156

PART 2

STATE/TERRITORY AND COMMONWEALTH REPORTS

157

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

159

 

VICTORIA

167

 

QUEENSLAND

173

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

179

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

187

 

TASMANIA

193

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

199

 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

207

 

COMMONWEALTH

215

 PART 3

APPENDICES

225

Appendix 1

Statistics

227

 

Schools and students

227

 

Schools and students

227

 

Teachers and teaching

245

 

Resourcing

250

Appendix 2

Reading benchmark results

267

 

Introduction

267

 

The benchmarks

267

 

The assessment process

268

 

The results

268

Appendix 3

Publications

277

 

List of tables and figures

283

 

Glossary

291