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Improving Tchr Qual Impact Reforms 2015  

Evaluator company/business: Australian Catholic University; University of Western Sydney; University of New England, SiMERR National Research Centre

Year: 2015

URL or Pdf: Download the abridged report (PDF, 1.24MB) or the final report (PDF, 3.75MB)

Summary: This evaluation focuses on a range of reforms implemented in selected NSW schools as part of the National Partnership Agreement on Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ NP). These reforms included the establishment of schools as Centres for Excellence (C4Es), the employment of Highly Accomplished Teachers (HATs) in mentoring and teacher support roles, the preparation of high-quality teacher education graduates by school and university staff, and the employment of paraprofessionals. The evaluation examines the reforms using surveys and semi-structured interviews of school staff, as well as professional experience reports from universities. Data are subject to a mix of qualitative (thematic) and quantitative (Rasch) analysis techniques. The most significant findings were the pivotal role that HATs play as a major quality assurance mechanism and the importance of developing effective relationships between personnel within and across school networks. The findings also highlight the importance of identifying relevant contextual needs as the basis for developing strategies that support whole-school improvements.

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Cross-sectoral Impact Survey Rpt 1 Nov2012


Authors: Fiona Christian, Wendy Hodge, Jade Maloney, Liesbeth Geerligs, Narelle Ong, Ofir Thaler, Miriam Motha, Rob Herbert

Evaluator Company/Business: ARTD Consultants

Year: 2012

URL or PDF: Download the Phase 1 final report (PDF, 3.5MB)

Summary:  This report presents the findings of the 2011 cross-sectoral impact survey, which gauged staff perceptions of the effectiveness of Smarter Schools National Partnerships (SSNP) reforms in NSW. The 2011 survey was administered to teachers, executives and principals from SSNP schools and responses were received from 662 of 936 SSNP schools . Analysis of survey results show, at the broadest level, SSNPs are driving reform however, no one clear coherent picture has arisen from the study. 


Cross-sectoral Impact Survey Rpt 2 Apr2013  

Authors: Fiona Christian, Wendy Hodge, Liesbeth Geerligs, Ioana Ramia, Narelle Ong and Jade Maloney

Evaluator Company/Business: ARTD Consultants

Year: 2013

URL or PDF: Download the wave 2 report (PDF, 2MB) or the wave 3 final report (PDF, 2.6MB)

Summary:  These reports present the findings of the 2012 cross-sectoral impact survey, which aimed to capture responses from 247 of the 936 NSW schools participating in one or more Smarter School National Partnership (SSNP) initiatives. Responses were received from 178 schools and 829 individuals: 123 principals, 296 executives and 410 teachers. The findings are based on observational and self-reported data. Most schools were participating in the Low Socio-economic School Community National Partnership (61 per cent), the Improving Teacher Quality National Partnership (23 per cent) or a combination of Partnerships (15 per cent). The authors report that many strategies have been successfully implemented under the SSNP and in combination, these are leading both directly and indirectly to significant educational changes within schools, particularly improvements in teacher capacity and professional collaboration within the school. 

Published in Evaluation repository
Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Improving teacher quality, 2013

Evaluation of the impact of selected reforms of the Improving Teacher Quality National Partnership (University of New England)

December 2012

Progress Report 2 (PDF, 3.4MB)

May 2012

Progress Report 1 (PDF, 2.5MB)


Great Teaching, Inspired learning

High-quality teaching is the greatest in-school influence on student engagement and outcomes. Given current concerns about Australia’s declining performance on international assessments, particularly when compared with high-performing Asian and other countries, there is significant interest in the contribution that high-quality teaching can make to improving educational results.

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