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ERIC Number: ED507129
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Measuring Educational Outcomes: Vocational Education and Training. Conference Paper
Karmel, Tom
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Paper presented at the NatStats08 Conference, "Working Together for an Informed Australian Society" (Melbourne, Australia, Nov 19-21, 2008)
The vocational education and training (VET) sector has a long tradition of measuring and reporting outcomes. The public face of this is the "Annual National Report of the Australian Vocational Education and Training System" published (and tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament) since 1994. The reporting framework has undergone a number of changes corresponding to revision in high-level strategies developed by the former Australian National Training Authority (ANTA). This, however, is about to change. The catalyst for a radical examination of the reporting framework is the Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) reform agenda. This reform agenda is shaking up the funding relationships between the Commonwealth and the states and will place increasing reliance on measuring and reporting outcomes as distinct from focusing on the resources used (that is, inputs). In this paper, the author provides a history of performance measurement for the VET sector, beginning with the creation of the Australian National Training Authority and ending with what individuals know of the current reforms. As well as describing the various measures, he discusses the challenges that are thrown up by indicators. He concludes with his suggestions for indicators for the vocational education and training system. (Contains 7 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia