Until now there has been a lack of comprehensive and nationally comparable data about school students with disability. The national data collection will give governments, education authorities and schools nationally consistent information about:
- how many students with disability are enrolled in Australian schools
- where these students are located
- the broad level of reasonable educational adjustment provided to assist them participate in schooling on the same basis as other students.
Schools are at the centre of the educational experience for all Australian students and every student, regardless of their needs, is entitled to a quality learning experience. The national data collection process will help schools meet their existing obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.
A professional learning resource has been developed by Education Services Australia to help principals, teachers and other school staff complete the national data collection. This resource guides participants through the steps for completing the national data collection.
Other resources include the 2016 Guidelines, fact sheets, frequently asked questions, school stories and notices for principals, teachers and other school staff completing the national data collection.
Background information on the 2011 and 2012 Trials of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability is also available.
Background information on the development and implementation of the national data collection is also available. This information about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability is being hosted on behalf of the Education Council Joint Working Group to Provide Advice on Reform for Students with Disability (Joint Working Group). Further information is available about the Joint Working Group.
Through the new report Improving educational outcomes: Emergent data on students with disability in Australian schools the Education Council has released results from the 2015 Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on Students with Disability data collection.
To complement publication of the 2015 data report, Council has also agreed to release the executive summary of the 2015 Continuous Quality Improvement Project.
These publications can be accessed on the Education Council website.