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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 4 Hansard (5 April) . .

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use this tool to self-evaluate. They will identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement across nine interrelated domains. This, along with an evaluation of the progress against their current strategic plan, will inform the summative report they provide to the external panel when reviewed. To inform their findings, external review panels will also use information derived from the tool to obtain the views of staff, parents and students.

Our new approach to school improvement is strengthened by schools and panels using a range of data sources. This includes academic results; attendance; student, staff and parent satisfaction; and financial and workforce data. Access to this data will be further enhanced when a new school administration system is introduced.

The school community will have access to the school's external review report and strategic plan through the school's website. Public school principals will sign an annual assurance statement confirming their accountability with all legislative and policy requirements. This will further align both government and non-government school processes.

As Professor Caldwell reported, school improvement is everyone's business. This new approach will strengthen and clarify the roles and responsibilities of principals, school network leaders and school boards. The ACT remains committed to driving continuous improvement in school performance and accountability. I recognise the evolving nature of the operations and business of schooling and the high expectation the community has for excellence in its public schools.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Education Directorate and the previous minister for the work undertaken in this area to date, demonstrating a shared commitment to ongoing improvement. I look forward to seeing community confidence in the quality of public school education continue to grow as a result of this school performance and accountability framework, and I am confident we are well placed to meet the expectation of every student and every parent in our ACT public schools.

I present the following paper:

School improvement—School Performance and Accountability in ACT Public Schools: Key Elements—Ministerial statement.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Australian early development census

Ministerial statement

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Disability, Minister for Small Business and the Arts and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (10.58):

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