CensusAtSchool 2011 (Media Release), 2011
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'Previously CensusAtSchool was run every second year, but from now on it will be annual,' said Christine Sergi, ABS Director of Statistical Capability Development. 'This will help teachers plan more effectively, especially as the new Australian curriculum is implemented across the country'.
CensusAtSchool is available free to all Australian schools. ‘My students loved filling in the questionnaire and then comparing themselves to their peers around the country and overseas', said Wanda Colvin from Broome Senior High School, 'I’ll definitely get my classes to participate again this year'.
Previous questionnaires attracted over 200,000 student responses that can currently be accessed through the Random Data Sampler. 'This provides a rich source of statistical data and an engaging way to teach statistical concepts,' said Jean Arnott, specialist teacher consultant with the ABS. 'As 2011 is also a census year in Australia, the CensusAtSchool questionnaire is a great way to raise awareness of what the census is and why it is so important'.
'With the data collected in CensusAtSchool questionnaires, we’ve designed an extensive range of resources that can be applied right across the curriculum,' Jean said. 'As well as being completely free of charge, CensusAtSchool resources are an easy and interesting way of increasing the statistical literacy of Australian school children'.
Further information is available on the web pages http://www.abs.gov.au/censusatschool
When reporting ABS data, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) must be attributed as the source.
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