About CESE

About CESE

Read the CESE overview (PDF, 400 KB)

The Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) was created in 2012 to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of education in New South Wales. CESE is focused on supporting decision-making in education delivery and development with strong evidence.

CESE analyses and evaluates educational programs and strategies. CESE gauges New South Wales’ education performance over time through its ongoing core data collections, and delivery of analysis and reports.

CESE also monitors national and international strategic agendas to ensure that New South Wales is well positioned to provide leadership in education.

CESE’s three main responsibilities are to:

  • to provide data analysis, information and evaluation that improve effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of education programs and strategies
  • collect essential education data and provide a one-stop shop for information - a single access point to education data that has appropriate safeguards to protect data confidentiality and integrity
  • build capacity across the whole education sector so that everyone can make better use of data and evidence.

CESE provides sound evidence for educators to make decisions about best practice in particular contexts; and importantly to enable teachers to meet the needs of students at every stage of their learning. 

The CESE Advisory Council

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Priority work

The work plan (PDF, 90 KB) identifies priority work for the Centre.

The list of priority work for CESE comes from many sources including the Minister for Education, government agencies, and a range of education stakeholders.

The Advisory Council approves the major strategic projects and evaluations undertaken by the Centre.

The list of priority work for the Centre is updated regularly and reflects ongoing work. To view completed work, please see our publications page. 

Contact us to find out more about our projects, or if you are interested in collaborating with us on new research or evaluation work.


BI General FAQs

What is Business Intelligence?

Business Intelligence (BI) describes the tools, processes and outcomes of bringing together large amounts of data from various sources. Business Intelligence can provide insights into trends and relationships, helping to make tactical and strategic decisions.

What information will be available through the Business Intelligence tools?

The earliest stages of the DEC Business Intelligence program focuses on information about school enrolments, student performance and progress, and staffing and school management. At a later stage, BI tools will enable access to more information relating to DEC finances, assets, and human resources, for use by staff in various parts of DEC. The slide show provides a roadmap of when each theme is expected to be delivered to different parts of DEC.

Who will use Business Intelligence in the Department of Education and Communities (DEC)?

The program is being delivered to different parts of the department in seven stages. Each stage covers different areas of interest and responsibility as outlined in the DEC BI Roadmap, in the slide show. Because the tools aim to assist with decision making it will generally only be made available to senior staff members. With the first release for example, only principals and directors and key decision makers in corporate offices will access information available through the BI tool. Governance surrounding the use of the BI tool ensures that information will only be made available to staff members with appropriate authority.

Will training be provided?

Yes, training will be tailored to the needs of users. Training will be provided face-to-face, or via an online medium facilitated by a trainer. All users will be required to complete a short pre-requisite online course. This is to ensure that users understand the privacy rules, governance, standards and ethics for using the DEC BI tools.

Will user support be available?

Yes, a BI user support team provides helpdesk support. Users will have a single point to log all requests for assistance or questions. User support will ensure appropriate action is taken for all requests. An online user manual, fact-sheets and ‘frequently asked questions’ will also be compiled to outline how to use the DEC Business Intelligence tool. Contact email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What systems will be retired as a result of Business Intelligence?

No systems will be retired as a result of the BI program. BI will access data from existing systems, presenting it as more meaningful information.

What governance is in place to assure security, privacy and appropriate use of data and information?

Comprehensive governance has been put in place to ensure that data is accessed, used and distributed appropriately. A Privacy Impact will be conducted to ensure that data managed within the BI tools complies with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act. DEC security and data governance is also applied to BI.

How does the DEC Business Intelligence program relate to the Learning Management and Business Reform (LMBR) program?

The DEC BI tools are not part of the LMBR program. LMBR will refresh or replace DEC’s data systems including finance and HR/payroll for DEC Corporate offices, TAFE NSW and NSW Public Schools, as well as student administration and learning management systems. The DEC Business Intelligence program provides a consolidated source of data from multiple sources, both internal and external to DEC. It draws in data from current DEC systems, such as ERN, external data such as NAPLAN, and in time, BI will also draw in data from the LMBR data systems to provide DEC users with a single place to access data for planning, analysis, reporting and decision-making.

What happens if a Government Information Public Access (GIPA) enquiry is made in relation to information made available through Business Intelligence?

Even though the BI tools make access to information easier through clearer presentation and access to different sources of data, there is no change to how any member of staff should handle a GIPA enquiry. Information about addressing GIPA inquiries is accessible from the DEC Intranet or from http://www.ipc.nsw.gov.au/


To request an accessible (WCAG, Level AA compliant) copy of a CESE publication, please telephone 1300 972 196 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .