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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 15 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 5475..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

The ACT stimulus package task force was disbanded on 13 November 2009, which coincides with a shift in focus from planning to delivery over the next 18 months. Processes remain for monitoring and quality assurance. A small unit in the new Department of Land and Property Services will continue to lead, manage and coordinate the ACT government's delivery of undertakings for the nation building package.

In closing, I put on record the government's, and my own, profound appreciation of the work of the ACT Coordinator General, Ms Sandra Lambert, and her hand-picked team of very superior public servants.

I present the following paper:

Nation Building and Jobs Plan—Implementation in the ACT—Second quarterly report 2009—Ministerial statement, 8 December 2009.

In tabling this statement, I have also tabled a progress report as an attachment, detailing some of the programs in relation to the nation-building projects in the ACT from March to September 2009.

Adjournment

Motion by Mr Stanhope proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Schools—contextual profiles

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Gaming and Racing) (3.28): Earlier this year I committed to updating the Assembly on progress with the national transparency and reporting reform agenda in education. Parents, teachers, principals and students will soon be able to see contextual profiles of almost 10,000 Australian schools.

Early next year, before schools go back for 2010, parents will be able to see their school's profile on the national myschool website. I would certainly encourage interested members of the public, including members of this Assembly, to take the time to visit the myschool website at www.myschool.edu.au. A range of fact sheets, frequently asked questions and a draft school profile are already available online.

Schools' profiles will show a range of information such as a short description of the school and a link to the school website, a new school index of community socio-educational advantage, or ICSEA, value and the percentage of students achieving at each band on the NAPLAN tests. It will allow parents to compare their school's performance with the average performance of all schools in Australia and with statistically similar schools. Importantly, the myschool website will help parents to identify schools that are doing well.


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