Are we making progress on indigenous education?

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This infographic published on the weekend in The Conversation summarises a range of information on the state of indigenous education across Australia from ECE through primary and secondary education and into tertiary study.

As you might anticipate there are some sobering statistics. For example,

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Evidence suggests that one of the factors important to indigenous student achievement in primary school is awareness and respect of culture and language. Few primary classrooms, however, devote time to these.

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On a positive note the year 12 completion rate for indigenous students has improved in the last seven years, with a flow on to VE and HE participation rates.

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While more indigenous students are entering tertiary education, indigenous students are over-represented in lower VE quals and HE retention remains a cause for concern.

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A piece of good news is that the full-time employment rate of indigenous graduates is slightly better than non-indigenous graduates.

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