The 2016 schools and students statistical bulletin (PDF, 1MB) presents tables and charts about NSW schools and students. Data is from the census of both government and non-government students, undertaken in August 2016.
The language diversity bulletin (PDF, 1.3MB) summarises the diversity of students with a language background other than English (LBOTE) who are enrolled in NSW government schools in 2016.
URL or PDF: Download Reading Recovery: a sector-wide analysis (PDF, 1.23MB).
Summary: The primary aims of this study were to examine the impact of Reading Recovery (RR) on students’ literacy outcomes at the end of Year 1 and whether any benefits associated with participating in RR are sustained over the longer term to Year 3. This evaluation was conducted state-wide across NSW government schools. It focussed on identifying the impact of RR on student outcomes compared to similar students who attended a school that did not offer RR. The study employed a quasi-experimental design drawing on retrospective data that detailed participation in RR and student outcomes in the early years of school. The results showed some evidence that RR has a modest short-term effect on reading skills among the lowest performing students. However, RR does not appear to be an effective intervention for students that begin Year 1 with more proficient literacy skills. In the longer-term, there was no evidence of any positive effects of RR on students’ reading performance in Year 3.
The 2015 schools and students statistical bulletin (PDF, 1.7MB) presents tables and charts about NSW schools and students. Data is from the census of both government and non-government students, undertaken in August 2015.
The language diversity bulletin (PDF, 2MB) summarises the diversity of students with a language background other than English (LBOTE) who are enrolled in NSW government schools in 2015.
Author: Bert Evans AO
Evaluator company/business: NSW Board of Vocational Education and Training
URL or PDF: Download the Strategic Evaluation of Vocational Education and Training in Schools (PDF, 193kB)
Summary: The evaluation aimed to determine the value of vocational education and training in schools for students in terms of their participation, outcomes and satisfaction. Using a sample of responses from the Destination and Satisfaction Survey of 2004 HSC VET Students in New South Wales, the evaluation compared post school destinations of matched cohorts of students who undertook VET in schools with those who did not but did not attempt to establish casual attributions, using student opinions instead.
Authors: James Ladwig, Nicole Mockler and Anne Ross
Evaluator company/business: The University of Newcastle
URL or Pdf: Download the Schools climate change initiative (2007-2009) evaluation (PDF, 138KB).
Summary: The evaluation aimed to assess the implementation of the Schools Climate Change Initiative (SCCI). SCCI was a middle years action learning and teaching resource development project. The goal of SCCI was to assist in the implementation of the NSW Greenhouse Plan by developing teacher and student awareness, understanding and environmental citizenship in regard to the ‘local to global’ measures required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to future climate changes in NSW. Six learning communities were established and the evaluation comprised interviews with teachers, principals, project coordinators and a student focus group. The project evolved differently across the six learning communities determined by the local context. The evaluation found that in each learning community, there was evidence of movement toward all aims of the project, although the cross-case analysis indicated to varying extents across the Learning Communities.