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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 4532..


Data Interpretation Service

(Question No 1040)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and family Services, upon notice, on 22 October 2003:

In relation to the Data Interpretation Service (DIS):

(1) Is the Minister aware of the new DIS system operated by the Australian Council for Educational Research;

(2) Is the Minister aware of any costs associated with using the DIS, if so, what are those associated costs;

(3) Are any government schools using DIS to assist them in monitoring the academic achievements of their students. If so, which schools, if not, why not and will the government consider encouraging schools to use the DIS.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

(1) The Data Interpretation Service (DIS) from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) was demonstrated to department personnel and some principals on 17 October 2003.

(2) There are costs associated with using the DIS from ACER. ACER would need 17 schools to participate to make it viable for them to provide the service. This would be a school-based cost. If System analysis was also provided there would be a cost to the system for this service. The actual costs depend on the services required.

(3) At present no government schools in the ACT use DIS.

Schools are encouraged to use data to inform their practice. A number of tools, such as DIS, are currently being investigated with a view to promoting the use of data analysis services in schools.

Drug Education Project

(Question No 1041)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 22 October 2003:

In relation to the Drug Education Project (DEP):

(1) Who conducted the evaluation of the critical processes underpinning the DEP for School Communities in the ACT;

(2) How were the conclusions in the brochure arrived at;

(3) Were there any goals set that were not achieved, if so, what are they and how will they now be achieved;


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