Awarded QLD Education Horizon grant

Congratulations to Michele Haynes, Joy Cumming, Melanie Spallek and Yoon-Suk Hwang who were today awarded funding of $84,540 from the Qld Education Horizon scheme for their project Factors that impact on long-term achievement and retention for students with autism spectrum disorder in Queensland government schools: Evidence from administrative data.

This project will utilise longitudinal administrative data to profile the trajectories of academic achievement for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It aligns with the Department of Education’s strategy to ensure that all students with a disability reach their potential. Specifically, it aims to: (1) identify distinct groups with different academic achievement trajectories for two cohorts of children with ASD: Year 1 cohorts enrolled in 2006 (to Year 12) and 2012 (to Year 6); (2) determine associations of individual and school level factors, including location (major city, regional, rural, remote), with the different groups of achievement trajectories; (3) determine differences in profiles between the two cohorts and association with policy change. The findings will provide evidence on which groups of children have achieved well and other groups that have experienced decline and when, with the potential to inform policy decisions on the allocation of resources for support where it is most needed.

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