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.

29 August 2018

Five steps to fair school funding

Scott Morrison has given his new Education Minister, Dan Tehan, the task of sealing a deal on school funding. Here’s how Minister Tehan can pull it off, to the benefit of all Australian students and without resorting to special side deals.

20 August 2018

The expensive truth about private schools and student learning

When Australian parents shell out fees to send their children to private schools, they like to think they’re getting many things for their money. So they may be surprised to learn that superior student growth in literacy and numeracy is not one of them.

18 July 2018

Explaining Australia’s school funding debate: what’s at stake

Australia should use a direct measure of families’ pre-tax income to estimate how much parents can afford to pay towards their children’s schooling.