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4211.0 - Education and Training Newsletter, May 2012  
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Experimental estimates of education and training performance measures based on data pooling, Survey of Education and Work, 2007 to 2010, Sep 2011
Research Paper: Education Performance Indicators and the Census: Accounting for 'Not Stated' Records
Australian Social Trends: International students
Australian Social Trends: Are all schools uniform?
Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators


Experimental estimates of education and training performance measures based on data pooling, Survey of Education and Work, 2007 to 2010

The Survey of Education and Work (SEW) is one of the major data sources used for performance measures in the National Education Agreement and National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development. An issue of particular concern was the ability of the survey to measure annual change in performance measures/indicators, especially in the smaller jurisdictions. To improve accuracy of the estimates the ABS investigated the method of data pooling, where data collected from more than one survey are combined to increase sample size.

This report presents the results of data pooling of the SEW over two and four years between 2007 and 2010 and examines the impact of data pooling on the reliability of selected performance measures.

Experimental estimates of education and training performance measures based on data pooling, Survey of Education and Work, 2007 to 2010, Sep 2011 (cat. no 6227.0.55.002)

For more information, contact Information Consultancy on 1300 135 070 or email education.statistics@abs.gov.au


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Research Paper: Education Performance Indicators and the Census: Accounting for 'Not Stated' Records

When calculating educational attainment indicators for national reporting purposes, decisions need to be made on how best to deal with those people for whom information on educational qualifications is not available, i.e. ‘Not stated’. This paper reviews the characteristics of people with ‘Stated’ and ‘Not stated’ levels of attainment by comparing 2006 Census data with corresponding survey data at the national and jurisdiction level, with a focus on data on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Research Paper: Education Performance Indicators and the Census: Accounting for 'Not Stated' Records, Dec 2011 (cat no. 1351.0.55.037 )

For more information, contact Information Consultancy on 1300 135 070 or email education.statistics@abs.gov.au


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Australian Social Trends

The Australian Social Trends publication highlights different areas of Australia's development as a nation and as a society. Recent issues of this publication contain the following education and training articles:

International students
      The international education sector plays an important role in Australian society contributing $16.3 billion in export income to the Australian economy. Many educational institutions rely on the income from full-fee paying international students to assist in the provision of quality education. This article examines recent changes in the sector by investigating trends in the number of visa applications, student enrolments and commencement data. Further analysis looks into the age distribution of students, the most popular areas of study and Australia’s market share of international students compared with other countries.

Are all schools uniform?
      Australian schools have continued to generate public interest as they aim to assist students to gain knowledge and skills and increase their ability to contribute to economic development. This article examines changes over time in the number of government and non-government schools, student enrolments and teaching staff, as well as government school funding. It also explores education outcomes for young adults (15-24 years) who last attended government or non-government schools.

      Australian Social Trends, Are All Schools Uniform?, Sep 2011 (cat. no. 4102.0)

For more information, contact Information Consultancy on 1300 135 070 or email education.statistics@abs.gov.au

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Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators

This publication quantifies the growth from 2000 to 2010 in the headline indicator, ‘Persons aged 25-64 years with a vocational or higher education qualification’. An accompanying short analysis identifies the relative contribution of each of these two broad qualification categories to the continuing upward trend. Data are drawn from the Survey of Education and Work.

Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators, 2011, (cat. no. 1370.0.55.001)

For a more in-depth discussion on how education and training relates to Australia’s progress please see the latest publication of Measures of Australia’s progress, 2010 (cat. no. 1370.0)

For more information, contact Information Consultancy on 1300 135 070 or email education.statistics@abs.gov.au

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