About the Research Project

One of the most comprehensive research projects of its kind, the Cardus Education Survey Australia Project report, entitled “Australian Schools and the Common Good”, was commissioned by a consortium of 6 Christian school associations, including CSA, and sought to measure the contribution of Australian secondary school graduates to the “common good” of society. The report aims to provide a more holistic perspective of graduates rather than the approaches of measuring only academic outcomes, economic contributions and career pathways of the individual.

Project Resources

Available resources from this research are:

  • A full and comprehensive report outlining the findings
  • A summary report highlighting a broad overview of relevant findings for school leaders
  • An infographic providing a snapshot of some of the data

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the consortium:

  • Adventist Schools Australia (ASA)
  • Associated Christian Schools (ACS)
  • Australian Association of Christian Schools (AACS)
  • Christian Education National (CEN)
  • Christian Schools Australia (CSA)
  • Swan Christian Education Association (SCEA)

About Cardus Education Survey Australia

Quality education shapes lives for the common good and effectively equips graduates to contribute to the flourishing of society. Effective schooling should therefore be orientated towards the formation of persons and recognise and celebrate the cultivation and shaping of both hearts and minds within all of our educational communities. But how do we seek to measure our effectiveness in shaping lives that contribute to the public good once they leave our schools?

For nearly a decade, the Cardus Education Survey (CES) has collected data on the social, academic, and spiritual outcomes of nationally representative samples of secondary school graduates (aged 25 – 39) in the USA and Canada. The CES data reveals that school communities are very important cultivators of moral character and civic virtue that can be leveraged more broadly for the common good and the flourishing of society. The CES aims to go beyond the politics to understand the building blocks of society itself. What are the conditions for student flourishing? Where do students learn to respect and love one another and others? How can we scale these lessons to maximize their potential for democratic citizenship?

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