Quality of school education

Quality of school education

13 September 2007

© Commonwealth of Australia 2007
ISBN 978-0-642-71856-3

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View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Members of the Committee (PDF 75KB)
Acronyms (PDF 36KB)
Terms of Reference (PDF 32KB)
Recommendations (PDF 32KB)
Preface (PDF 39KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 181KB)

The quality of education debate
Quality teaching
Investment in teacher quality
The curriculum debate
A national curriculum: how far do we go?
Measuring the quality of learning and certifying the outcomes
The long tail of underachievement
Education is local - A final note

Chapter 2 - Standards, Assessment and Reporting (PDF 218KB)

International assessment programs
Benchmark testing
'League tables'
Reporting progress
  Recommendation 1

Chapter 3 - Quality Teaching (PDF 167KB)

The importance of quality teachers
The training of teachers
Literacy and the 'reading wars'
  Recommendation 2
  Recommendation 3
  Recommendation 4
  Recommendation 5

Chapter 4 - Curriculum (PDF 178KB)

The curriculum challenge
Course content and teaching issues
The curriculum for social sciences and the humanities
The mathematics curriculum

Chapter 5 - Matriculation standards and an Australian Certificate of Education (PDF 237KB)

Variations in standards
An Australian Certificate of Education
  Recommendation 6

Chapter 6 - The teaching profession (PDF 175KB)

The school milieu
Attraction and retention
Quality of entrants to the profession
Overcoming teacher shortages
  Recommendation 7

Opposition Senators' Report (PDF 101KB)

The conduct of the inquiry
Past inquiries
The current inquiry
  Recommendation 1
  Recommendation 2
  Recommendation 3
  Recommendation 4

Appendix 1 - List of submissions (PDF 106KB)
Appendix 2 - Hearings and Witnesses (PDF 76KB)
Appendix 3 - Additional information and tabled documents (PDF 33KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3521
Fax: +61 2 6277 5706
Email: eet.sen@aph.gov.au