Ministers sign off on Indigenous education reform
Federal and State Education Ministers have signed off on a new suite of education efforts to improve Indigenous education outcomes.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan (ATSI) contains a suite of measures that will see all of the nations 150,000 Indigenous students in Years 1-10 have a personalised learning strategy developed for them, and every one of the 950 Focus Schools identified under the plan has a school community partnership, attendance strategy, and whole of school literacy and numeracy strategy.
Ministers also agreed to better reporting standards under the plan, and to the development of a draft National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educator Workforce Strategy by the end of 2013.
The agreement will also see a review of national education bodies, such as the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) and Education Services Australia (ESA).