NAPLAN 2017: results have largely flat-lined, and patterns of inequality continue

  • Written by Glenn C. Savage, Senior Lecturer in Education Policy and Sociology of Education, and ARC DECRA Fellow (2016-19), University of Western Australia
  • Category: The Conversation
imageNAPLAN results should also be considered in relation to other standardised assessments, which do not always tell the same story. Shutterstock

Today’s release of the 2017 NAPLAN National Report confirms preliminary findings released in August and offers deeper insights into achievement trends since the assessment program began a decade ago.


Schools are not adequately preparing young Australians to participate in our democracy

  • Written by Zareh Ghazarian, Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Monash University
  • Category: The Conversation
imageAs young Australians approach voting age they need simple, clear and practical instructions about the mechanics of how government works and how to vote. Shutterstock

Australia’s youth are interested in politics and are passionate about issues but, unless we take note of the latest report into civics and citizenship education, their capacity...

Vocational education and training sector is still missing out on government funding: report

  • Written by Sarah Pilcher, Policy Fellow, Mitchell Institute, Victoria University
  • Category: The Conversation
imageThe uneven approach between VET and higher education in particular reflects an ongoing failure to conceive of the two as part of a single tertiary education system.Shutterstock

There is a stark difference between schools, VET and higher education spending in Australia, according to our research published today.

The Mitchell Institute’s 2017...

The growing skills gap between jobs in Australian cities and the regions

  • Written by Todd Sanderson, Research Scientist in Digital Economics, CSIRO
  • Category: The Conversation

Over the past decade, the growth in high-skilled jobs has largely been confined to Australia’s biggest cities. Meanwhile, in rural and regional Australia lower-skilled jobs have been growing fastest.

This skills gap is increasing regional disparities in income and employment opportunities, despite the promises of technology and...