Improving Teacher Quality

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 abriged 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.

Published in Evaluation Repository


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 Analysis of the NSW Smarter Schools National Partnerships Cross-sectoral Impact Survey (CSIS): Phase 1 Final Report (PDF, 3.5MB)

Summary:  This report presents the findings of the 2011 Cross Sectoral Impact Survey (CSIS) 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. 

Published in Evaluation Repository
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 09:54

Report - 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)


Friday, 15 March 2013 12:55

Great Teaching, Inspired Learning

The department's Great Teaching, Inspired Learning (GTIL): A blue print for action was launched on 6 March 2013. As media outlets report on and provide opinions about better education outcomes, CESE presents sound research evidence to inform improving teaching quality in NSW. For further information on GTIL, refer to the links below:

Further information is available through articles by the SMH and Daily Telegraph


Published in In the News

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.

Download the full publication (PDF, 1.7MB).

Published in Research Report

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