The Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) engages in in-depth analysis of education practices and their effectiveness, using reliable data and knowledge. CESE provides sound-evidence for educators and policy makers to continually improve teaching and learning; to meet current and emerging needs for New South Wales teachers, students, parents and families, industry, and learning institutions.
CESE conducts and commissions evidence-based analysis and evaluation, which assists the NSW Government to make informed policy and program delivery decisions, and to direct investment. CESE’s strategic priorities cover early learning, schooling, training and higher education in the government, Catholic and independent sectors.
The department has a new Evaluation Framework to guide staff in evaluating programs being delivered for children, students, and communities.
The framework provides direction and advice to implement the department’s Evaluation Policy as part of the NSW Government’s reforms on program evaluation and review.
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The Mid-year Census includes data on NSW Government schools (preschool, primary, secondary, central/community and special) and students (age at 1 July, grades, full time, part time, gender, and Aboriginality).
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CESE coordinated a survey of more than 78,000 secondary students from over 170 NSW Public Schools in late 2013. The survey was conducted by The Learning Bar, a Canadian education company that specialises in student surveys.
President and CEO of The Learning Bar, Dr J Douglas Willms talks about how survey data provides unique insights into student engagement and learning, and outlines some findings for NSW.
Dr Willms has prepared a report from the secondary school pilot in 2013. He discusses the state-wide findings from the pilot and draws in some comparisons with Canadian schools who have taken a similar survey.
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The first release of the DEC Business Intelligence program is being rolled out to NSW public schools.
A fact sheet for principals describes the types of information the Business Intelligence program will make accessible; explains how the program will be delivered; and outlines controls in place to assure security, privacy and high quality data.
Three principals outline how the new Business Intelligence tool will save time, enable better analysis and improve decision-making.
Outcomes of an evaluation of the Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership (LNNP) are being shared among NSW schools, helping to improve knowledge about ‘what works’ in lifting students’ performance in reading, writing and mathematics, and overall engagement.
Nine 'domains' of effective practice, forming a coordinated suite, provide practical advice for principals and teachers.