More education spending not raising standards, productivity commission says

Economic policy adviser says 14% increase in spending per student over past 10 years has left performance ‘broadly unchanged’

Spending on education in Australia has increased yet standards have stagnated, because data is not being used effectively to improve student outcomes, according to the Productivity Commission.

The federal government’s economic policy adviser said data collected across Australia’s school systems needed to be used not only to monitor performance but officials need to go the extra step of using the evidence to developing more effective programs, policies and teaching practices.

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