Centre for education statistics
A dedicated centre of education data and evaluation expertise has been launched by the NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli.
The Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation will be the central point for education statistics and evidence in NSW.
It will undertake in-depth analysis of education programs and outcomes across early childhood, school and tertiary education to inform whole-of-government, evidence based decision making.
"It's time to start forming a really clear picture of what works across the sector, ensuring our education system remains a leader," Mr Piccoli said.
"This centre will not only evaluate what is working across education, but it will also partner with universities and education systems from around the world to ensure educators in NSW have access to the most cutting edge research and up-to-date data and information.
"What is particularly valuable about this centre is that it has been designed with educators in mind – it is being built to support them; the work it does will be practical in nature so that those working with learners can use it to improve practice."
As a first step in this direction, Minister Piccoli released the centre's first publication, a short report examining the correlation between Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) results with students' experience of certain teaching practices.
As well as providing practical support for teachers, the centre will help identify new opportunities for improvement in early childhood education and care and what works in getting young people into employment and further education.
The centre will also analyse the effectiveness of strategies designed to ensure more people gain higher level qualifications and will have an important role to play in identifying the state's future skills needs and how to meet them.