The efficiency of schools in Australia

A Nationwide analysis using gains in students’ test scores as outputs
AuthorsHong Son Nghiem, Ha Nguyen, Luke B. Connelly
PublishedMarch 2016
PublisherBankwest Curtin Economics Centre Working Paper Series
Number of Pages26

This study examines the efficiency of schools in Australia and its determinants using the gain in NAPLAN test scores of students in 6,774 schools in 2009-2011. The results show that, based on empirical input-output combinations, the growth of NAPLAN test scores in Australian schools could be improved by 64 per cent by learning from best practice, on average. At the primary level, Catholic and independent schools are less efficient than public schools. At the secondary school level, though, public schools are found to be less efficient than other (non-public) schools.