CSA undertakes a range of research covering the areas that are important to school development. These range from the development of community through to parent perception and the impact of Christian schooling on society. CSA Research is also a fundamental element in term of advocacy, as we petition the benefits and contributions that Christian schools make in the market place and seek to effectively setup policies and legislation which allow Christian schools to continue to operate.

Christian Schools Community Profile

CSA has now launched its third piece of national research on Christian schools that will provide a detailed understanding of why parents select Christian schools for their children. This comprehensive national study will investigate the profiles, engagement and perceptions of our Christian school families in unprecedented ways. The Christian Schools Community Profile (CSCP): WHY PARENTS CHOOSE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS will focus specially on school parents from across 100 CSA member schools Australia-wide. This study will seek to identify, understand and analyse the backgrounds, values, faith commitments, spirituality, interests and decision-making practices and expectations of parents within a dynamic, rapidly changing Australian society.

The study expands on an earlier ACSI / BARNA research project conducted in the United States in 2017 entitled: Multiple Choice - How Parents Sort Education Options in a Changing Market. Over the past few decades, several trends have increasingly come to shape the landscape for private Christian education in the United States. The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) commissioned Barna Group to explore these trends more deeply, providing concrete data to inform schools about the faith and education dynamics of American parents. ACSI have compiled a report on trends that have shaped the landscape for private Christian education in the United States.

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ACSI Flourishing Schools: Research on Christian School Culture and Community

In 2018, ACSI Research sought to answer these questions through rigorous research on Christian school cultures by using a new research tool—the Flourishing School Culture Instrument (FSCI).
In late 2020, a number of CSA member schools across Australia were selected for a pilot of the Flourishing Schools Culture Instrument. While data analysis for the pilot is nearing completion in the second quarter of 2021, qualitative follow-up surveys have enabled Australian school leaders to provide feedback on the usefulness of FSCI insights in real-time. The data is very positive and shows that leaders are already using FSCI results in their school improvement plans, overall strategy planning, and staff and parent communication.

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Cardus Education Survey Australia

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.

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), and Swan Christian Education Association (SCEA).

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Christian Schools Workforce: Wellbeing & Impact

Thirteen Christian Schools Australia (CSA) member schools have participated in an exploratory study that has investigated the characteristics of K-12 school workforces, including levels of staff resilience, and their potential connection to student outcomes. The sample represented a diverse snapshot of the CSA network, spanning five states (NSW, Qld, Vic, SA and WA), with workforces ranging in size from 21 to 298 staff, and serving student populations ranging from 99 to 1960. Schools were asked to submit data through exporting HR/workforce information into a template spreadsheet and through voluntary response to a brief online workplace resilience survey. This data was later supplemented by school profile and student outcome data sourced from ACARA. PeopleBench researchers used exploratory data analysis, correlation and tests of mean difference (t-test, ANOVA) to examine relationships between the workforce and resilience survey data and the student outcome data. Significantly, the results of the study will also be compared and evaluated against the State of the Sector survey findings (155 schools across all sectors in Australia, including 22,000 students and 3,800 staff).

Download 2018-2019 State of the Sector Report

Download School Workforce Research Report 2019-2020

Relational Schools

In 2017, CSA engaged Dr Rob Loe and the Relational Schools Foundation to survey twenty CSA schools, 11,000 students and some 30 teachers. Specifically, the project explored the impact that relationship and community have upon student well-being and achievement (teacher to student association and student to student association). This was the first of its kind in Australia and subsequent follow-up projects have also been undertaken.

Special thanks to Project Partners: Camp Australia, Christian Super, Christian Venues Association, FACTS Management, The School Photographer

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CSA has partnered with our Tertiary Partners to provide a range of resources for members

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