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ERIC Number: ED534804
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 69
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
2009 Data Standards Manual Student Background Characteristics. For Use by Schools, School Systems and Test Administration Authorities. Fourth Edition
Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (NJ1)
In 2008 the Council of Australian Government (COAG), which comprises the Prime Minister, State Premiers and Territory Chief Ministers, agreed to a new reform agenda to ensure that all Australian school students acquire the knowledge and skills to participate effectively in society and employment in a globalised economy. In order to advance its reform agenda, COAG has produced a framework of agreed outcomes, indicative progress measures, targets and policy directions. These include a commitment to ensuring that schooling promotes the social inclusion and reduces the educational disadvantage of children, especially Indigenous children (see Attachment 2). The availability of information which allows the disaggregation of data by student background characteristics, particularly by Indigenous status and socioeconomic background, is essential to the measurement and reporting of progress towards achieving COAG agreed outcomes. This Manual is a key document for improving the quality and national comparability of data available for this purpose. The purpose of this Manual is to provide guidance to schools and school systems with the collection of information on student background characteristics using nationally agreed, standard measures of the characteristics. This Manual contains three sections: (1) Background information on the purpose and underlying rationale for the collection of student background data; (2) Guidance about implementing the data elements in schools' and school systems' data collections; and (3) Technical specifications for each of the data elements, including data definitions, question modules, classifications and code structures. Appended are: (1) Checklist for Existing Users; (2) Checklist for New Users; (3) Background to the Collection of Data on Student Characteristics Using Nationally Agreed Definitions; (4) Special Data Collection Forms; (5) Glossary; (6) Main Languages Spoken, by State/Territory; (7) Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL) Coding Index; (8) Main Countries of Birth, by State/Territory; and (9) Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC) Coding Index. [For "Data Implementation Manual for Enrolments for the 2008 School Year. National Goals for Schooling in the 21st Century. Collection of Information on Student Background Characteristics. For Use by Schools, School Systems and Testing Agents. Third Edition," see ED534773.]
Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs. P.O. Box 202 Carlton South Victoria, 3053, Australia. Tel: +61-39-639-0588; Fax: +61-39-639-1790; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) (Australia)
Identifiers - Location: Australia