The AITSL Initial Teacher Education: Data Report 2019 has just been released. The report summarises survey data from ITE students, providers, teachers and school leaders. At 304 pages it’s a comprehensive report with some interesting data covering entry into ITE programs, progress, completion and early career teaching. RMIT SoEd received a specific acknowledgement:
Amongst undergraduate ITE students, those studying at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology had the highest completion rate (77%). (p.II)
A positive statistic for our UG ITE programs!
Demographic, student characteristics and QILT data is presented individually for each provider. RMIT data is available on pp.187-189. Particularly interesting here was the following breakdown of employment:
Data in the rest of the report data reinforces what we already know about ITE: in 2017, at the undergraduate level, only 37% of commencing ITE students across Australia entered from a secondary education pathway (ie via an ATAR). ITE UG graduates have strong employment rates. Across the sector UG and PG ITE students thought their program was preparing them well for work, however, they were less satisfied with their program than students in a number of other disciplines.
In 2017, 2% of all commencing and 2% of all completing ITE students were Indigenous, however, 3.3% of the Australian population and 5.7% of Australian school children identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. In terms of socio-economic status, 22% of ITE commencements were from low socio-economic backgrounds compared to 18% of all higher education courses.