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2009 Structural Review of the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training : delivering the goods



2009 Structural Review of the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training : delivering the goods

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Ladwig and Sarra


Ladwig, James; Sarra, Chris


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Cover title. Report includes Northern Territory Government Media Release -" Education Restructure – Next Building Block for Excellence" by Paul Henderson.




Northern Territory -- Education

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Northern Territory Government

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66 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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. . . . . . .. . . 2009 Structural Review of NT DET Delivering the Goods 25 March 2009 14 The Departments current structure and prior performance have demonstrated some significant achievements in providing primary education, but school attendance and educational achievement lag behind national benchmarks significantly. The current annual report from DET makes this lag evident, where significant differences with Australian average attendance and achievement are noted, as are differential achievements for Indigenous students in the Territory and for remote and very remote schools5. There are two crucial points not highlighted in that Annual Report: 1) the performance of non-Indigenous students in the NT are not on-par with national averages in terms of attendance and average achievement on the new national literacy and numeracy tests; and, 2) the differential performance of Indigenous students worsens the longer they are in school. These two patterns are apparent when current DET NAPLAN data are presented as in the following example: Reading 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 3r 5r 7r 9r Year level N A PL A N S ca le s co re NT Indigenous NT non-Indigenous AUS Indigenous AUS non-Indigenous Figure 1: 2008 NAPLAN Results in Reading by Year level and student population Figure 1 graphically represents the average scores in Reading on the 2008 NAPLAN test for the national student sample split by Indigenous and Non-Indigenous and the NT average score for the same populations, by year level. While it is obvious that NT Indigenous students under-perform relative to all other student groups at each year level, it should be pointed out that the gap between NT Indigenous students increases each year, and the NT non-Indigenous student population obtains a similarly increasing lag relative to the national non-Indigenous population. This pattern holds true across all domains of the national testing results in both literacy and numeracy. 5 NT DET Annual Report 2007/2008, especially pages 46-57.

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