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Evaluation is the path to better outcomes in education, advises the Productivity Commission in a draft report released on Tuesday.
But first, Australian governments must strengthen “the capability to identify and evaluate the policies, programs and teaching practices that work best, for whom and in what circumstances,” according to the PC.
Plenty of data is collected but the inquiry found it could be put to much better use. Some schools clearly do better than others and commissioner Jonathan Coppel says the secrets of their success need to be shared more widely through a new compact between state and federal education authorities.
Collaboration across the federation is a big part of the answer, according to the draft report, which advocates the creation of a “national evidence base” that is far more than a simple national data collection. It should connect the four stages of monitoring, evaluation, reporting and application to inform decision-making at all levels of the education system. A handy infographic explains the difference between data and actionable information:
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