More Indigenous students are finishing year 12, but dropout rates at university are still higher.
A greater focus on education in all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life would advance tangible and sustainable change.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull leaving during the Closing the Gap breakfast last week.
The failed and continually failing political leadership on respect, relationships and reconciliation sets the quality of current and future education back for all Australians.
The average year nine Indigenous student in a very remote area scores about the same in NAPLAN reading as the average year three non-Indigenous city student, and significantly lower in writing.
Using equivalent year levels provides us with a clearer picture of the gap for Indigenous students, who can be up to an equivalent of 7.7 years behind their non-Indigenous counterparts in writing.
Funding debates will likely spill into the new year.
The year 2017 is finally coming to an end, so here's a wrap of our coverage for the year, with bonus quiz!
Mission schools were originally set up to protect Indigenous populations from white massacres and other violence related to colonialism.
John T. Collins/State Library of Victoria
Schooling has historically been used to control Indigenous peoples, rather than to liberate or educate them.
Indigenous graduates celebrate at the University of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia.
(University of The Fraser Valley/flickr)
The gap between academic achievement for Indigenous and non-indigenous learners is growing. First Nations education authorities could provide a strategic solution.
Australia’s Indigenous population is growing – rapidly.
The census mostly delivered a good news story on Indigenous Australian outcomes, but it is unclear to what extent this correlates to improved lives for Indigenous families.
The Murri School is one of the few Indigenous owned and controlled schools in Australia.
Screenshot from YouTube video.
For the past 30 years, this Indigenous owned and controlled school has been quietly achieving results. Here's what the school board president says is behind their success.
Seeking out a good education can sometimes take you away from what’s familiar.
If the government is to continue to spend millions toward sending Indigenous children away to boarding school, we need research into how effective this model is, and its impact on communities.
In some Aboriginal communities, over 50% of adults say they do not have the literacy they need for everyday tasks.
Literacy for Life Foundation/Adam Sharman
The children who are least likely to attend school regularly – and do well – grow up in households where the adults themselves have very poor literacy skills.
Why has such little progress been made over the past 50 years in Indigenous education?
Indigenous peoples have very little power when it comes to education policy. Goals, targets and strategies are instead set by the government.
One way teachers can respect culture is by embedding it into ‘mainstream’ subjects.
Teachers – get to really know your kids, their families, their community and its history, and what’s going on at home. While school policies are important, relationships are the real keys to success.
We need to stop blaming Indigenous students and families for low school achievement.
Focusing on the opportunity to learn gap removes the emphasis from locating "the problem" in the person, and turns our attention to the differences in access to educational resources.
Chair of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, speaking on Q&A, August 29, 2016.
Chair of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, told Q&A that $30 billion is spent every year on 500,000 Indigenous people in Australia. Is that right?
Australia’s appalling record of equity in education has once again been confirmed in the latest Closing the Gap report. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the report’s dismal findings present an…
Graduates of a 2015 Tertiary Entry Program, which paves the way into university courses, with lead author and CQUniversity’s Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Engagement, Bronwyn Fredericks (fourth from left) and Provost Hilary Winchester (far right).
If we're serious about closing the gap in Indigenous education, our new research shows the value of building better bridges into universities and vocational education.
Preschool attendance has been shown to improve literacy and numeracy for Indigenous children.
The Closing the Gap report shows a mix of successes and failures, but early childhood education holds the key to significant progress.
Isolation affects ability to perform on national standardised tests.
While the NT consistently performs lowest on national and international tests, with a long tail of low achievement, the ACT consistently performs highest.
No improvements have been made to Indigenous higher education participation or completion despite a major review.
Three years after the Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People which aimed to increase university attendance for Indigenous Australians, not much has changed.
Measures to close the gap in Indigenous education outcomes aren’t working.
This year’s update on Closing the Gap presents a picture similar to 2014 in education - there is much work still to be done to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students…