CIRES researchers conducted two major evaluations of the Low Socio-economic Status School Communities National Partnership (PDF, 177 KB) (Low SES NP) programs in New South Wales over the period 2011–2015.
School staffing, management & accountability initiatives
CIRES researchers evaluated initiatives associated with staffing, management and accountability implemented by New South Wales schools involved in the Low SES NP.
Over successive years, the evaluation built up detailed case studies of selected schools through site visits, phone interviews and online surveys conducted with principals and teachers. This was complemented by rigorous statistical analysis of large data collections to identify which initiatives associated with staffing, management and accountability were implemented widely, and of those, which proved to be the most effective and sustainable.
School external partnership initiatives
In collaboration with the University of Canberra, CIRES researchers assessed the impact of school external partnerships on student achievement in schools that participated in the Low SES NP.
The research looked at variations in the implementation and effectiveness of different types of partnerships within and between schools, sectors and contexts (for example, location, economic conditions, student composition) through the development of in-depth case studies. It identified what types of school external partnerships are effective and why, and the extent to which they can be replicated in other contexts.
The final report provided recommendations regarding the long-term sustainability of different types of effective school partnerships and how they should be supported.
Client: New South Wales Department of Education and Communities