The national data collection has been progressively implemented over the period 2013 – 2015. The model for the data collection relies on the professional judgement of teachers about their students. It applies across all educational settings and contexts, including regular or mainstream schools and classes as well as special schools and special classes.
Currently, each state and territory counts its students with disability on a different basis. The model is intended to count the number of students with disability in a consistent manner across Australia.
Under the model, teachers use their professional, informed judgement to determine:
- which of their students are being provided with a reasonable adjustment to access education because of disability, consistent with definitions and obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (the DDA) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005
- the level of adjustment that students with disability are being provided with, in both classroom and whole of school contexts
- the broad category of disability under which each student best fits.
A student is eligible to be counted in the national data collection where there is evidence at a school that the student is being provided with an educational adjustment to meet ongoing, long-term specific needs associated with disability and that decisions have been made in consultation with the student and/or their parents or carers.
This form is a comprehensive checklist adapted from the Data Collection Model website which can be used when preparing for data entry.
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