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1 Advancing equity through public accountability Mary Ann O’Loughlin Executive Councillor & Head of Secretariat Australian College of Educators National Conference July 2011

2 Outline Reform of federal financial relations –National Agreements –National Partnerships –new accountability arrangements National Education Agreement National Partnership on Literacy and Numeracy Value of public accountability for advancing equity 2

3 Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations ‘represents the most significant reform of Australia’s federal financial relations in decades’ –governs all policy and financial relations between the Commonwealth and the States. 3

4 National Agreements In specific areas of service delivery: –Education, Skills and Workforce Development, Healthcare, Disability Services, Affordable Housing, Indigenous Reform Define the objectives, outcomes, outputs, and performance indicators Clarify the roles and responsibilities of the Commonwealth and the States and Territories Ongoing financial contributions from the Commonwealth 4

5 National Partnerships New incentive payments to drive reform: –to support delivery of specified projects –to facilitate reforms –to reward jurisdictions that deliver on national reforms National Partnership Agreements define the objectives, outputs and performance benchmarks –generally time-limited 5

6 Role of the COAG Reform Council Independent organisation set up by COAG to assess and publicly report on the performance of governments For National Agreements –reports annually to COAG on a comparative analysis of governments’ performance in meeting objectives and outcomes For National Partnerships –reports on performance as part of reports on National Agreements –assesses achievement of performance benchmarks by States before the Commonwealth makes reward payments 6

7 7 Structure of the National Education Agreement

8 Halve the gap in literacy and numeracy by 2018 Analyse performance 3 ways: –compare progress with trajectories –highlight significant increases or decreases in results –map changes in the gap between Indigenous and non-indigenous performance 8

9 Indigenous students at/above national minimum standard, Year 9 Reading: actual vs. trajectory

10 Significant improvement between 2008 and 2010 In Reading, there was some significant progress in achievement for Indigenous children in Years 3 and 7 In Writing, there was little significant change In Numeracy, there was no significant improvement in any jurisdiction in any year 10

11 Closing the gap: Students achieving at/above national minimum standard Per cent Year 3 Indigenous Reading Indigenous Writing Indigenous Numeracy

12 Related National Partnerships Early Childhood Education Indigenous Early Childhood Development National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care Smarter Schools –Literacy and Numeracy* – Improving Teacher Quality* – Low Socio-economic Status School Communities Youth Attainment and Transitions* ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ * Reward National Partnerships

13 National Partnership on Literacy & Numeracy Aims to deliver sustained improvements in literacy and numeracy outcomes for all students, especially those who are falling behind Total funding of $540 million from to 2011–12 –reward payments of $350 million in last two years Priority areas for reform: –effective teaching of literacy and numeracy – strong school leadership – monitoring literacy and numeracy performance

14 Basis of assessment Mandated measures in reading and numeracy: –students at or above the national minimum standard –students above the national minimum standard –average score of students –Indigenous students at or above the national minimum standard Optional local measures

15 Target group Baseline 2009 Target 2010 Result 2010 Assessment Target : Improvement of 3.8 percentage points in proportion at or above national minimum standard Year 7 Reading71.0%74.8%68.4% C Target : A gain of 75 points in the average score Year 3 to Year 5 Reading A Target : An improvement of 9.0 percentage points in participation rates Year 3 to Year 5 Reading and Numeracy 85.5%94.5%90% B 50.0% Examples of targets for measures for Indigenous students, Northern Territory

16 Public accountability as an incentive for reform Are the levers strong enough?

17 The Australian June 2011Sydney Morning Herald June 2011 Catalyst data __________________________________

18 ‘Following the woeful performance of Queensland primary school children in national testing last year, the Bligh Government turned to an expert for help. The state’s children need it, after being ranked second-last in the nation.’ The Australian, 4 May 2009

19 At the heart of the new accountability arrangements is the question of the extent to which governments will learn constructively from feedback about their own performance, and the performance of other governments.


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