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.

26 November 2017

Towards an adaptive education system in Australia

Australia’s school education system is not fit for purpose, and we need to rethink the way we teach students, support teachers and run schools. To halt the decline, we should make the system more adaptive.

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.

14 March 2014

Making time for great teaching

To arrest our slide in global school rankings, Australian schools need to make time for proper teacher development. Most are struggling to do so. This report shows how it can be done.

18 April 2011

Better teacher appraisal and feedback: improving performance

A new system of teacher appraisal and feedback in Australia would improve teacher effectiveness, recognise our best educators and lift the outcomes of Australian students to the best in the world.

15 November 2010

Investing in our teachers, investing in our economy

Improving teacher effectiveness would do more to lift economic growth than any other reform before Australian governments. The improvement in student learning could lift Australian students to the top of international performance tables.

24 May 2010

What teachers want: better teacher management

Improving the quality of teachers and teaching should be central to education policy. Evaluating the work of teachers and developing their skills is a key part of improving the quality of teaching. However, an OECD survey reveals that teacher evaluation and development in Australia is among the worst in the developed world.