16 April 2019

Commonwealth Orange Book 2019: Policy priorities for the federal government

The winner of the 2019 federal election should defy the national mood of reform fatigue and stare down vested interests to pursue a targeted agenda to improve the lives of Australians. The Orange Book charts the policy priorities.

28 October 2018

State Orange Book 2018: Policy priorities for states and territories

State and territory governments can do more to improve the lives of Australians. In many cases, states are different because their governments adopted better policies. Every state should learn from the others and do better.

22 October 2018

Measuring student progress: A state-by-state report card

Our new report card on NAPLAN results reveals big differences between the states on students’ learning progress through school. Governments should investigate why students make more progress in some states, to identify teacher practices and school policies that produce the best results.

5 February 2017

Engaging students: creating classrooms that improve learning

Forty per cent of Australian school students are unproductive in a given year. The education system needs comprehensive reform to tackle widespread student disengagement in class.

14 June 2016

Orange Book 2016: priorities for the next Commonwealth Government

Australia faces many domestic policy challenges as the election looms. Yet a survey of seven years of Grattan Institute reports and policy proposals shows that a government prepared to forcefully articulate the public interest could win public support for a brave and powerful reform agenda.

26 July 2015

Targeted teaching: how better use of data can improve student learning

School systems must give teachers the time, tools and training to collect the best evidence about what students need to learn next and use it as the basis of their teaching.

21 February 2014

Turning around schools: it can be done

Some of Australia’s most troubled schools are turning around their performance. They are a model for low-performing schools across the country.

10 July 2013

The myth of markets in school education

Australia has led the world in giving schools more autonomy and trying to increase school competition. But these policies are not the best way to lift student performance.