CESE Publications

The Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) provides a range of publications in print, audio book and podcast formats.

Follow this link to the CESE Publications search page to see a complete list or select below from a collection of publications to support professional learning.

Improving high school engagement, classroom practices and achievement
Research shows the benefit of effective teaching and student engagement. This Learning Curve uses data from the NSW Tell Them From Me student surveys in 2013 and 2015 to look at how students' engagement, performance and experience of classroom practices in Year 7 affect their engagement and performance in Year 9.
(Available in print)
Primary school student engagement and wellbeing in NSW
This publication presents findings from the 2015 Tell Them From Me primary school survey. The survey measures the engagement of primary students in Years 4, 5 and 6 and classroom, school and family factors that influence student engagement and achievement.
(Available in print)
Literature review - Effective reading instruction in the early years of school.
Reading is a foundational, yet complex cognitive skill upon which other skills are built. Research on the teaching of reading in the early years of school has consistently identified five key components of effective reading programs: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This paper summarises the research regarding why these five elements are important, as well as how they should be taught in the classroom.
(Available in print)
Sustaining Success: A case study of effective practices in Fairfield high value-add schoolsThis case study describes how seven schools in the Fairfield Network have sustained and built on their successful educational outcomes by implementing the six effectives practices summarised in the CESE publication Six effective practices in high growth schools. The practices are as follows: high expectations, student engagement, effective teaching, whole-school goals, collaboration and professional learning.
(Available in print and audio book)
Report - What Works Best: Evidence based practices to help improve NSW student performance
What Works Best brings together seven themes from the growing bank of evidence we have for what works to improve student educational outcomes. (Available in print)
Report - What Works Best reflection guide
The What Works Best reflection guide is a practical resource for teachers and school executive staff. It gives schools explicit examples of what can be done to improve student engagement and achievement. Teachers can use this guide to reflect on their individual teaching strategies and to evaluate their own practice. The themes discussed can also be implemented through a whole-school approach. (Available in print)
Report - How schools can improve literacy and numeracy performance and why it (still) matters
This paper provides an overview of the importance of literacy and numeracy skills. It also summarises evidence-based practices for improving student outcomes in literacy and numeracy.
(Available in print)
Using data to inform practice
This podcast discusses why knowing how to use data is important for teachers, the tools and resources that are available to schools and examples of where using data has improved student engagement and achievement in schools.
(Available as podcast)
Report - Which forms of professional development improve student outcomes?
A paper by the late Dr Paul Brock, looking at recent research into the elements of teacher professional development that lead to improved student outcomes.
How can evidence-based research answer the following question: Are there forms of professional development for learning processes which, when applied to school teaching and learning contexts, make sufficient contributions to demonstrably improved student learning outcomes?
(Available in print)
Six effective practices in high growth schools
This publication describes six effective practices common to NSW government schools that achieved high growth in NAPLAN between 2010 and 2014. These High Value-Add (HVA) schools showed a strong positive institutional culture that emphasised academic, professional and personal development and strong engagement among students, teachers and the leadership group.
(Available in print or audio book)
Effective leadership
This publication presents a snapshot of the current workforce profile of principals in NSW government schools. It also outlines the research evidence on what makes an effective principal and the best ways to identify, develop and support aspiring school principals.
(Available in print or audio book)
5 Essentials for effective evaluation
All education programs are well-intentioned and many of them are highly effective. However, there are usually more ways than one to achieve good educational outcomes for students. When faced with this scenario, how do educators and education policymakers decide which alternative is likely to provide most ‘bang for buck’?
(Available in print and audio book)
Literature review - Student wellbeing
This paper explores how student wellbeing is defined; the relationship between wellbeing, schools and outcomes; school elements in improving student wellbeing; and student wellbeing policies in Australia.
(Available in print)
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