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ERIC Number: ED417237
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Supporting All Students for Success: An Australian Design.
Townsend, Tony
In recent years there has been a substantial change in the way education is structured, financed, and managed in Australia. The move toward more self-management is now a feature of all Australian systems. In the state of Victoria, current decentralization has been a way to generate improved student outcomes, of a way to reduce the amount of government money spent on education. The "Schools of the Future" program initiated in Victoria has pushed self-management farther than most large school systems, with frameworks for local responsibilities for curricula, staffing, school funding, and local accountability. However, there is little evidence that the self-managing school is resulting in student attainment across the whole system. As it has become obvious that the "Schools of the Future" program was not the final model required to ensure both equity and effectiveness in Victoria's schools, the search for improvement has moved on with the "Schools of the Third Millennium" initiative. The areas of concentration for this program are the innovative use of multimedia in education, school autonomy, and quality management. This effort will push school self-management, within a government system, to its logical limit. A core of state-mandated requirements for all students and local curricula based on the needs of local students will be integral to Victoria's future schools. (Contains 27 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia