Evaluator company/business: University of Melbourne
URL or Pdf: Download the Low SES School Communities Smarter Schools National Partnership - Evaluation of staffing, management and accountability initiatives: Results from 2012 principal survey, Progress Report 3 (PDF, 973kB)
Summary: The aim of this report was to identify the extent to which Staffing, Management and Accountability reforms had been implemented as part of the Low Socio-economic Status School Communities National Partnership and the perceived effectiveness of these reforms. The evaluators surveyed school principals from participating schools, with a response rate of 59 per cent across government and non-government schools. Most schools (97 per cent) reported implementing at least one initiative from one of the five reform areas under investigation. A very high proportion of principals (97 per cent) reported implementing reforms that provided innovative and tailored learning opportunities. While still high, principals were less likely to report implementing incentives to attract high performing teachers and principals (77 per cent) and adopting best practice performance management and staffing arrangements (75 per cent). Principals reported that the reforms were effective. The reforms that were less likely to be implemented were also viewed as the most effective initiatives to bring about school improvements.