17 March 2019

Five tips for choosing a school – and three things to avoid

So you want to give your child the best chance of a good academic education? Here’s a helpful checklist of things you should look for, or ask about.

6 March 2019

What the next government needs to do to tackle unfairness in school funding

Private schools should never get more public dollars per student than comparable government schools. A decade ago, one in 20 private schools did. By 2016, it was more than one in three.

28 January 2019

Lift teacher status to improve student performance

There are no easy fixes to the entrenched problem of low teacher status in Australia. Making entry to teaching more selective would be a good first step, but deeper reforms to pay, career and the work environment are also necessary.

31 October 2018

No state has all the answers in school education

At the moment, no state or territory has all the answers. Each should learn from the others and do better, in pursuit of a national imperative: providing the best education for all children.

26 October 2018

Tassie maths scores don’t add up

Australia focuses heavily on school students’ achievement at a point in time. But the sad reality is that achievement tells us a lot about real estate values, and little about how to improve the school system. Student progress (that is, student growth) gives a better indication of how much a student learns during their time in the classroom.

24 October 2018

Why some NSW students are a full term ahead of Victorian counterparts

Australia focuses heavily on school students’ achievement at a point in time. But the sad reality is that achievement tells us a lot about real estate values, and little about how to improve the school system. Student progress (ie learning growth) gives a better indication of how much a student learns during their time in the classroom.

23 October 2018

Queensland’s rise to top education performer could provide a model for the country

Ten years ago, nobody would have believed that other states should be learning from Queensland’s school education system. When the very first 2008 NAPLAN results were published, Queensland was the lowest achieving state in the country. But a lot has changed.

22 October 2018

ACT students are falling behind

Australia focuses heavily on school students’ achievement at a point in time. But the sad reality is that achievement tells us a lot about real estate values, and less about how to improve the school system. Student progress (i.e. student growth) gives a better indication of how much a student learns during their time in the classroom.

12 October 2018

Two steps forward, one step back in march towards fair outcome for schools

School funding is a journey, not a destination. The goal is not actually to get it right but to keep improving it. It will get off the front pages when it is good enough. Labor’s announcement is another step in that direction.

21 September 2018

Three charts on: why Catholic primary school parents can afford to pay more

Every government dollar should be spent where it will make most difference. The Coalition’s school funding fix is a good deal for Catholic and independent schools. It’s a bad deal for the rest of us.