7 Jun 2017: The Conversation, an online academic and journalistic publication, published a news article today about the state of Indigenous education, titled, ‘Are we making progress on Indigenous education?’
The article contains statistics and an infographic comparing the performance of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and offers commentary on some of the factors behind the information.
It singles out health issues as being a major factor in the educational performance of Indigenous Australians in school, particularly the prevalence of hearing disability.
Remoteness is highlighted as a key factor in school attendance and achievement.
The figures reinforce the findings of the Closing the Gap report which show that there is still a wide gap in academic performance at Year 3 level in NAPLAN results, but that the gap is closing by Year 9.
Also consistent with the Closing the Gap report, the percentage of Indigenous students attaining Year 12 continues to increase and is on track to meet the 2020 Closing the Gap target.
With respect to tertiary education, the article highlights that the proportion of Indigenous students enrolling in university has increased slightly, but that they are more than twice as likely to not complete their degree.
Of those who do graduate from university, the figures show that there is a higher prospect of full-time employment than there is for non-Indigenous students, a point which also features in the Closing the Gap report.
The article in The Conversation was written by Claire Shaw, Jamal Ben Haddou and Wes Mountain, and reviewed by Tony Dreise.