4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2006  
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Education and Training



Education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people

Contributed by Francis Mitrou, David Lawrence (Curtin University of Technology), John De Maio (Telethon Institute of Child Health Research) and the WAACHS team.

In 2002, more than half of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students aged 4–16 years (58%) in Western Australia were rated by their teachers as having low overall academic performance. This article focuses on the academic performance of Indigenous children and young people in Western Australia, using data from the Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey. The article examines three key factors that are associated with low academic performance of Indigenous students – emotional or behavioural difficulties, school attendance and the educational attainment of the carers of Indigenous students.

Government and non-government schooling

In Australia, school education is compulsory until the age of 15 (16 in some states) and parents can choose to send their children to government or non-government schools. The proportion of school students attending government schools decreased from 71% in 1995 to 67% in 2005. This article examines trends in government and non-government student enrolments as well as government funding of schools, household expenditure on school fees and the characteristics of families with children in government and non-government schools.

Boys' schooling

This article compares the educational outcomes of boys and girls. While many boys perform well at school, on average boys do not achieve as well as girls across a range of educational measures. The literacy skills of boys and girls are assessed regularly during their schooling and this article examines the latest results available for Years 3 and 7 as well as for 15 year old students. The article examines educational outcomes for boys beyond the end of compulsory schooling, looking at Year 12 completion rates and pathways after schooling.

This section contains the following subsection :
      National and State Summary Tables
      Education and Training Data Sources and Definitions
      Education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people
      Government and Non-Government Schooling
      Boys' Schooling

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