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.

8 July 2018

Children of migrant families do better at school – and we should think about why

Children of migrant families in Australia consistently outperform their non-migrant peers at school. And new analysis using NAPLAN data shows schools with lots of migrant-background students not only achieve at higher levels, but they have higher growth over time, on average, too.

27 June 2018

Why an adaptive education system relies on our most expert teachers

Australian school education system faces three major challenges: improving student learning in core academic areas; better preparing young people for adult life; and closing the gap between educational have and have-nots. A key step to tackling all these challenges at once is to make better use of our most expert teachers.

21 June 2018

Clarity needed in school funding debate

Different interests have competing views about the ultimate goal of government funding to non-government schools. To cut the confusion, Grattan’s Peter Goss suggests the policy goals of the parental ‘capacity-to-contribute’ element of the school funding formula should be clarified.

23 May 2018

Why an adaptive education system would improve school outcomes

Australia faces three overarching challenges in school education: to improve learning in core academic areas; to better prepare young people for adult life; and to do so in a way that is fair for all. In this presentation, Peter Goss explores ways to improve teaching practice so all students learn more.

15 May 2018

Five things we wouldn’t know without NAPLAN

NAPLAN, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy, has been a prominent part of Australia’s education landscape since 2008, when it was introduced by then Education Minister Julia Gillard. It’s a controversial test, lauded by some but disliked by many. Ten years on, the role of NAPLAN is under question, with some arguing it should be dropped entirely. Here’s why it’s a vital navigation tool for policy makers and researchers.

4 May 2018

Gonski is right: We must make better use of our best teachers

David Gonski’s “2.0” review, released this week, recommends the creation of structured career pathways that value teaching expertise and keep excellent teachers teaching. This would build the capacity of the education system and enhance the status of the profession.

3 May 2018

Don’t attach too many strings to Gonski 2.0’s vision

Ahead of a briefing to state and territory education ministers at a special COAG meeting on Friday, it’s important that David Gonski’s vision for Australia’s education future isn’t just a tick-the-box exercise

1 May 2018

Gonski 2.0: Students mustn’t sink before they can swim

David Gonski’s new report on school education has one central goal: lift student achievement by maximising student learning. Wherever a student starts from on the first day of the year, he or she deserves to have made at least a year’s worth of progress by the end of it. Any less, and our students will fail to reach their full potential.

13 April 2018

Regional and rural students need to be a national policy priority

Australia needs to improve the school outcomes of regional and rural students. Non-Indigenous students in regional areas are already three-to-six months behind their metropolitan peers by Year 3. Remote and very remote Indigenous students can be up to six years behind the national average by Year 9.