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Effective Leadership myPL course

This publication presents a snapshot of the current workforce profile of principals in NSW government schools. It also outlines the research evidence on what makes an effective principal and the best ways to identify, develop and support aspiring school principals.

Published in Learning Curve

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Download Using value-added measures to identify school contributions to student learning (PDF, 1.2MB).

Value-added measures are based on learning growth and used by schooling systems to indicate the contribution that a school makes to student learning, over and above the contribution made by the average school.

CESE has developed a set of value-added measures for NSW government schools that adjust for factors outside the control of schools, such as students' Socio-Economic Status (SES). This publication provides an introduction to the measures, including their use, interpretation, and what they tell us about the factors influencing student outcomes.

Published in Learning Curve

Teach Learn Share 56 Language Learning Literacy Early Years

Evaluator company/business: Erebus International

Year: 2013

URL or PDF: Download the report on Language, learning and literacy in the early years (PDF, 252kB)

Summary:  The Language, Learning, Literacy program evaluation aimed to determine whether teachers who undertook professional learning from a qualified trainer developed improved techniques for planning and delivering instruction to small groups and classes. The methodology measured student improvement levels by using students’ end-of-year data gathered from the previous year’s cohort at each school, and compared it with the data of current students and their progress over a school year. The authors stated that the program achieved its goals of: 50 per cent of all students reading and writing above end-of-year expectations and only 20 per cent of students reading and writing below end-of-year expectations. 

Published in Evaluation repository

Norta Norta Sponsorship Prog Final Rpt Exec Summ

 

Authors: Louise Taggart, Diana Eqbal, Meg Dione and Barry Laing

Evaluator company/business: Quality Assurance Team Policy, Planning and Reporting Unit, NSW Department of Education

Year: 2013

URL or PDF: Download the Final report of the program evaluation of Norta Norta Individual Sponsorship Program - executive summary (PDF, 371kB)

Summary:  The evaluation of the Year 11 and 12 Norta Norta Individual Sponsorship Program aimed to measure the extent to which Norta Norta has achieved its objectives in improving learning and levels of achievement, creating more positive attitudes, strengthening engagement with school and improving attendance and retention for Year 12 Aboriginal students. Data was gathered from school staff, students, tutors and Higher School Certificate results. More than 90 per cent of school staff and tutor survey respondents rated the overall program as either highly or moderately effective. The apparent retention rate for Aboriginal students increased from 33 per cent in 2009 to 43 per cent in 2012. 

Published in Evaluation repository

Dymocks Children Charities Book Bank Interim Rpt

 

Authors: Diane Amos, Susan Harriman, Barry Laing and John Hughes

Evaluator company/business: Program Evaluation Unit Student Engagement and Program Evaluation Bureau (SEPEB), NSW Department of Education

Year: 2012

URL or PDF: Download the Interim report of the Program Evaluation of Dymocks Children’s Charities Book Bank (PDF, 829kB)

Summary:  The book bank program aimed to contribute to improved reading outcomes. This interim report outlines the impact of the program on students and teachers and the effectiveness of the partnership between Dymocks Children’s Charities and the NSW Department of Education and Communities. Data for the evaluation was received from the five pilot schools and comprised surveys and interviews of teachers and students. 87 per cent of students reported an increased interest in books whilst all teachers agreed that their student’s attitudes to reading improved and that their students were reading more frequently.

Published in Evaluation repository

Lit Num NP Prog Eval MultiLit

Authors: Alison Wallace, Rohan Pigott, Chloe Harkness and Amanda McAtamney

Evaluator company/business: Urbis 

Year: 2012

URL or PDF: Download the National Partnership on Literacy and Numeracy - External Evaluation of the Selected NPLN NSW Programs: MULTILIT final report (PDF, 2MB)

Summary:  This report presents evaluation findings on the effectiveness of the Making Up Lost Time in Literacy Reading Tutor Program (MULTILIT). Data collection included site visits to nine schools, an online survey, stakeholder interviews and National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy assessment data. Findings from the evaluation revealed there was considerable variation in the implementation of the program approach across the schools with only 16 per cent of schools implementing the recommended number of sessions. Nevertheless, gains were observed in some students assessment data and the majority of survey respondents believed overall the program was effective for improving reading. 

Published in Evaluation repository

Lit Num NP Prog Eval Reading To Learn

Authors: Meg Dione-Rodgers, Susan Harriman, Barry Laing and Wanda Snitch

Evaluator company/business: Program Evaluation Unit, Student Engagement and Program Evaluation Bureau (SEPEB), NSW Department of Education

Year: 2012

URL or PDF: Download the National Partnership on Literacy and Numeracy - Report of the Program Evaluation of Reading to Learn (PDF, 4.5MB)

Summary: The aim of the evaluation was to assess the impact of The Reading to Learn program, which was one of several programs offered under the National Partnership on Literacy and Numeracy (NPLN). The Reading to Learn program promoted a cross-curricula and cross-year approach to learning to read and write. Eighteen schools were involved in the evaluation and measures included site visits, interviews with stakeholders, surveys, analysis of documentation and assessment data. Findings showed that there has been a varied benefit for students however the perceived benefit for teachers was derived from the shared experience of participating in the training, and the renewed focus on literacy learning in each school.

Published in Evaluation repository

 Lit Num NP Prog Eval QuickSmart

Authors: Meg Dione-Rodgers, Susan Harriman and Barry Laing

Evaluator Company/Business: Program Evaluation Unit Student Engagement and Program Evaluation Bureau (SEPEB), NSW Department of Education

Year: 2012

URL or PDF: Download the National Partnership on Literacy and Numeracy - Report of the Program Evaluation of QuickSmart Numeracy (PDF, 2.5MB)

Summary:  This evaluation aimed to assess the effectiveness of the program, to identify the extent to which the program was operating as intended and to assess whether the program had improved the educational outcomes of Aboriginal students. QuickSmart Numeracy is a basic skills intervention funded under the National Partnership on Literacy and Numeracy (NPLN). The QuickSmart Numeracy program targets middle school students performing at the lowest 30 per cent of the achievement range. Fourteen schools were involved in the evaluation and measures included site visits, interviews with stakeholders, surveys, analysis of documentation and assessment data. Support for the positive impact of QuickSmart was more evident in the qualitative data than from broad scale testing. 

Published in Evaluation repository

Lit Num NP Prog Eval Accelerated Literacy

 

Authors: Meg Dione-Rodgers, Susan Harriman and Barry Laing

Evaluator Company/Business: Program Evaluation Unit, Student Engagement and Program Evaluation Bureau (SEPEB), NSW Department of Education

Year: 2012

URL or PDF: Download the National Partnership on Literacy and Numeracy - Report of the Program Evaluation of Accelerated Literacy (PDF, 1.9MB)

Summary: This report presents findings from the evaluation of the Accelerated Literacy program in 28 schools, many with a high proportion of Aboriginal students. The evaluation included stakeholder interviews, site visits, an online survey and analysis of administrative and student achievement data. The significant finding of this evaluation is that Accelerated Literacy delivered positive effects for students, teachers and real benefits for school communities. 

Published in Evaluation repository

Report of the Program Evaluation of Individual Learning Plans (PDF, 4MB)

Authors: Meg Dione-Rodgers, Susan Harriman and Barry Laing

Evaluator Company/Business: Program Evaluation Unit Student Engagement and Program Evaluation Bureau (SEPEB), NSW Department of Education

Year: 2012

URL or PDF: Download the National Partnership on Literacy and Numeracy - Report of the Program Evaluation of Individual Learning Plans (PDF, 4MB)

Summary:  This report presents findings from the evaluation of Individual Learning Plans (ILPs), one of several initiatives funded under the National Partnership on Literacy and Numeracy (NPLN). The seven schools involved in the program implemented literacy based ILPs as part of a whole -class intervention. The evaluation comprised site visits, interviews and surveys and analysis of documentation including NAPLAN results. Findings were consistent across all schools that ILP’s improved reading outcomes. However, as ILPs were not the only intervention it is difficult to attribute improvement solely to ILPs.

Published in Evaluation repository
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