ACARA has recently released the latest, 2018, National Report on Schooling.
The report highlights progress in 2018 towards the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians agreed by Australian education ministers in 2008, and is the tenth report to address these nationally agreed goals and commitments. The Report consists of three parts –
- Part 1, ‘Schools and schooling’, provides information on the status of Australian schooling in 2018, including school, student and teacher numbers, school structures, and funds used for school education.
- Part 2, ‘Policies and priorities’, outlines the national policy context for Australian schooling in 2018 and reports against the commitments to action agreed by Australian education ministers in the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians.
- Part 3, ‘Measuring and reporting performance’, reports on the performance of Australian schooling in 2018, using the nationally agreed key performance measures (KPMs) for schooling specified in the Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia 2015
In addition to the written report there is a data portal which provides links to the underlying data which can be interrogated online or downloaded.
As an example of the available data, the National Report has more many years documented the steady decline in pupil/teacher ratios, both primary –
and secondary –
The data portal also contains a range of comparative data on school funding and resources.