The role of the NSSC team is to provide nationally comparable and high quality data on schools statistics and information by:
- working collaboratively with data providers and users;
- making high quality data on schools, students and staff readily available and accessible for all Australians
- ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of individuals and businesses in the data collected by the ABS;
- supporting and informing school-related research, policy and the use of school-related statistics; and
- continuously improving the way the NSSC team performs its functions to maximise the public benefit of the work it undertakes.
- Schools, Australia (cat. no. 4221.0) contains aggregate data tables on student, staff and school trends.
- NSSC data is prepared to support reporting through the National Report on Schooling in Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan, National Education Agreement, National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions and the Report on Government Services.
- Transforming the National Schools Statistics Collection
The NSSC team continues to collaborate with education departments to trial an expansion of the National Schools Statistics Collection (NSSC) to include a larger subset of data already collected by school administrative systems. This will enable the collection to better service identified data needs, such as school, student and staff data at sub-state geography.
- Unit Record Data
The NSSC team has initiated a trial collection of unit record data in order to support improved quality of data used for NSSC output, reduce provider burden in data provision, validation and reconciliation processes. It will also support improved outputs from the NSSC such as improved measures of retention and progression as well as the sub-state geography data gaps.
SCHOOLS RELATED LINKS
- Annual National Report on Schooling (ANR)
Outcomes information, including data from the NSSC, is provided as the accountability document for education funding under the States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) Act. The ANR is produced by the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA), formally the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA).
- Report on Government Services (ROGS)
Descriptive information and performance indicators are available for school education. ROGS is produced by the Productivity Commission.
- The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010-2014 was released on Thursday, 9 June 2011. Endorsed by COAG on 23 May 2011 it commits all governments in Australia to a unified approach to closing the gap in education outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.
- Australian Curriculum Assessment Certification Authorities (ACACA)
Policy information, guides for students, and some statistics are available from the member agencies of the Senior secondary education is the main focus of ACACA.
- My School, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)
My School allows you to search statistical and contextual information about any school and make comparisons between other schools within the country.
- Year Book Australia: Education and Training - Schools (cat. no. 1301.0)
The Education and Training Chapter of the Year Book includes an article on Primary and Secondary Education.
- Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA)
The ICSEA is a measure that enables comparisons to be made across schools.
- National Assessment Program, Literacy and Numeracy
The NAPLAN provides information about the literacy and numeracy achievements of students.
This page last updated 1 August 2012