A quality school education is vital for individual well-being and for a healthy society. All children should have access to an education that is responsive to their needs as well as upholding high standards of academic rigour. CIS’s focus is on policies that restore the role of parents in education and devolve greater authority and responsibility to schools to meet these goals.
For more information about FIVE from FIVE, visit the website at www.fivefromfive.org.au.
14 October 2017 | RR31
Schools should invest in evidence-based, cost-effective policies to improve literacy and numeracy results. Early literacy and numeracy, giving teachers fewer classes, and classroom management training are three evidence-based, cost-effective investments. Reducing class sizes and more education technology are not supported by the evidence.READ MORE
Submission to the Senate Education and Employment Committee Inquiry into The Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017
24 May 2017 | CIS Submission
30 April 2017 | RR26
The Gonski Report has not been implemented – there is no such thing as ‘Gonski funding.’ The current school funding benchmark is unreasonably high. There were several fundamental issues with the Gonski Report to begin with. There are viable alternative school funding options which should…
24 November 2016 | RR22
A 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 who do not achieve minimum…
20 September 2016 | Research Report 19
Early childhood interventions are programs that aim to improve a child’s development trajectory over the longer term. In the context of increasing disadvantage in welfare-dependent communities in Australia, governments spend considerable sums on these programs. The rationale is that investment, in theory, will reduce the…
Productivity Commission Inquiry into the National Education Evidence Base: Submission in response to the draft report
01 May 2016 | CIS Submission
The 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.
Media & Commentary
12 January 2018 | IDEAS@THECENTRE
Finland is an education utopia that Australia should learn lessons from but need not emulate.
07 December 2017 | The Conversation
Australia still has a ‘long tail’ of underachievement in reading The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2016 looked at the reading ability of Year 4 children in 50 countries,…
01 December 2017 | IDEAS@THECENTRE
CIS’s FIVEfromFIVE literacy proposed a Year 1 Phonics Check. The assessment would show which students are likely to struggle with reading throughout their schooling. Any opposition to such a proposal…
20 November 2017 | AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW
There is an annual furore when Australia continues to show a disturbing decline in one of the crucial international education measurements. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) conducted every…