Priority work

About CESE

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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.

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Priority work

The work plan (PDF, 101KB) identifies priority work for the Centre.

The list of priority work for CESE comes from many sources including the Minister for Education, the Secretary of the Department of Education, the CESE Advisory Council, other Department of Education portfolios and other government agencies.

The Advisory Council approves the major strategic projects and evaluations undertaken by the Centre, although for operational purposes, the Council may delegate its power to approve certain projects and evaluations.
At the commencement of a new project, Advisory Council members are invited to participate in project reference groups. The Centre consults regularly with stakeholders through existing councils and boards across the education spectrum and informs the Advisory Council of the outcomes of the consultation where it affect the priority work of the Centre.

The list of priority work for the Centre is updated regularly and is published on the Centre's website.

Criteria for accessing projects for inclusion on the CESE work plan include:
• alignment to government priorities
• alignment to CESE purpose and key responsibilities
• feasibility of project and CESE capacity to undertake it
• other considerations (for instance, whether it would fulfil an external requirement, such as those under the National Partnership evaluations).

Major publications, including some literature reviews and evaluation results, will be approved by the Advisory Council and submitted by the Council to the Minister. The Advisory Council may delegate the approval of other publications.


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. .