Understanding and improving Tasmania's school system

Australia has a two-speed system of schooling. Advantage and disadvantage are increasing concentrated in different schools with consequences for student outcomes. The complexity of Commonwealth and State funding and policy makes it very difficult to improve the system. Many people and institutions are working on improving schools but few are working on understanding the current system - how it works and how it impacts student outcomes. Yet this understanding is essential for improving the system. All states are effected in similar ways. Tasmania would make an excellent case study on which effective initiatives could be based.

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