21 DEC 2016
Education Melbourne Executive Director Stephen Elder has welcomed Education
Minister Simon Birmingham’s comments that the Nationally Consistent Collection
of Data on Students with Disability (NCCS SWD) results released yesterday shows 'extreme disparity' from state to state and 'fails a basic credibility test'.
the objectives of the NCCD SWD and recognise the efforts of all the parties
involved in collecting data,' Mr Elder said.
processes involved have provided valuable professional development for teachers
and greatly supported improvement in the understanding of diversity in schools.
have been concerned by both the data collection methodology and the results it
collection is supposed to be nationally consistent but instead, schools and
teachers are applying different criteria in submitting the data. In some cases
it appears schools are including as many students as possible in the belief
this will lead to them receiving more funding.
the material that has been collected and published is not credible.
Senator Birmingham’s comments on the integrity of NCCD SWD data and its
students with disability is vital.
schools in Victoria have a robust assessment process for each student with
disability underpinned by independent advice from medical professionals. We use
this to determine their funding needs in a consistent and methodical manner.
processes are far more rigorous than the NCCD SWD and they show what is truly
needed in order to gather consistent data.'
For further information contact Christian
Kerr, Media Adviser, on 0402 977 352 or 03 9267 4411