Pursuing equity in high poverty rural schools: improving learning through rich accountabilities (2011–2015)
This research will enhance knowledge of how to improve student outcomes in schools located in areas of
rural disadvantage. This will be achieved through enriching the forms of accountability in schools and the
system, as well as strengthening the capacities of teachers and principals to use extant data sets on student
performance for improvement. Case studies of high poverty high performing schools will provide the basis for
interventions in four low performing secondary schools in disadvantaged rural communities. The research is
significant in topic and alignment with federal government policy to improve student learning outcomes in
high poverty communities and in developing an evidence base for the achievement of these policy goals.