Senior Research Fellow & Head of 'FIVE from FIVE' Literacy Project
Expertise: Schools policy, school funding, school choice, literacy, NAPLAN, teacher quality
Jennifer’s main area of work is school education, and she has published papers on school choice, school funding, literacy, international assessments (including PISA), NAPLAN and My School, religious schools, boys’ education, teacher training and employment, class size, and educational disadvantage.
She currently heading up the CIS FIVE from FIVE Literacy Project which has the aim to have effective reading taught in every classroom, every day.
She is the author of the numerous reports including Free to Choose Charter Schools: How charter and for-profit schools can boost public education (2015), School Funding on a Budget (2014),Why Jaydon Can’t Read (2014), Religious Schools in Australia (2010), Schools of Thought: A Collection of Articles on Education (2009), Families, Freedom and Education (2001) and Boy Troubles (2000), among others.
Jennifer has also written about child care, female labour force participation, and NSW trains. Jennifer’s doctoral research was on literacy and social disadvantage.
Jennifer has been at the forefront of debate on education matters for more than a decade, with hundreds of articles in major newspapers and regular radio appearances. Her future work at CIS will continue to focus on school choice and funding, accountability for student performance, and effective instruction.
For more information about FIVE from FIVE, visit the website at www.fivefromfive.org.au.
Focus on Phonics: Why Australia should adopt the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check 24 November 2016 | RR22A simple, five-minute Phonics Screening Check could identify at an early stage all of Australia’s school children who are at serious risk of struggling with reading skills. Among English speaking countries, Australia has one of the largest proportions of children…READ MORE
Media & Commentary
The Facts about the Phonics Screening Check 19 September 2017 | Online OpinionIt’s astonishing that much of what is written in opposition to the Phonics Screening Check is inaccurate, given that information about it is very easy to find. The UK government publishes a collection of official statistics and makes available a…read more
Phonics provides best chance of successful start at school 06 August 2017 | The West AustralianAustralia’s results in international literacy tests have been declining over a long period of time, while other countries have either maintained their performance or improved. It is well-established that a student’s literacy achievement depends heavily on their early progress in…read more
Smart money should go to teach the teachers 02 August 2017 | The AustralianAnalysing the latest NAPLAN test can be an exercise in frustration. No jurisdiction improved its mean score in any assessment domain from 2016 to 2017. The only break in the statistical monotony was a drop in Year 3 writing scores…read more
Our students and teachers deserve better 28 July 2017 | Ideas@TheCentreI had the privilege of travelling to England to speak with some of the world’s best researchers on how children learn to read, and to observe how high-performing schools use this research to get all children reading. There is no…read more
Parent Panic 30 June 2017 | Ideas@TheCentreAustralian preschools might have seen a rush of enrolments this week after media covered an OECD report claiming children who attend preschool for two years prior to starting school have significantly higher academic achievement at 15. But perhaps they should…read more
Productivity Commission Inquiry into the National Education Evidence Base: Submission in response to the draft report 01 May 2016 | CIS SubmissionThe Review of Education Evidence (Draft Report)—the ‘Draft Report’—provides a useful, up-to-date overview of the types of data collected about the educational progress and outcomes of Australian children and students. It makes salient points about the quality and accessibility of research and data.READ MORE
Read about it: Scientific evidence for effective teaching of reading 07 March 2016 | Research Report 11How children learn to read is one of the most studied aspects of education. There is a large and rigorous body of scientific evidence identifying the key elements of high quality reading instruction. The research literature also unequivocally shows that explicit instruction methods are the most effective way of teaching…READ MORE
One School Does Not Fit All 31 January 2016 | Research Report 9Australia has a relatively large degree of choice between schools, a product of historical private and non-profit sector involvement in the provision of schooling after British colonisation. Analysis of school funding data in this report shows that there are more similarities in how schools are funded than differences. This report…READ MORE
Free to Choose Charter Schools: How charter and for-profit schools can boost public education 31 August 2015 | Research Report 6Charter schools and free schools – publicly-funded, privately-managed schools – have been introduced in several countries around the world as a way of extending school choice, particularly for low income families. This report examines the policies and research on charter schools and their equivalents in five countries –USA, Sweden, Chile,…READ MORE
Budget 2014-15: Fiscal responsibility or savage cuts? 16 May 2014 | SP13The CIS analyses the Abbott government’s crucial first budget, including significant changes in the key policy areas of health, tax measures, welfare and education.READ MORE