1 April 2016
An innovative idea has been brought to the table; the federal government ceasing funding for public schools, but continuing to support non-government schools. Unfortunately, the fact that an idea is innovative does not make it worthwhile.
22 March 2016
In practice, it is hard to compare different groups of students using the NAPLAN points scale. A new analysis of NAPLAN data suggests that students are falling much further behind than previously thought.
21 September 2015
When students are being left behind the solution presented is often to make them repeat a year level. The evidence is overwhelmingly clear that repetition should not be the default solution. What’s needed instead is a proactive educational approach.
5 August 2015
The NAPLAN results make it clear that business as usual is not producing the outcomes we want. It’s time for a significant change in our approach to teaching.
27 July 2015
Education should be based on an expectation that every child will make at least a year’s progress for every year of school, regardless of where they start out.
27 January 2015
Focusing solely on academic achievement as measured by final results reveals little about how much a student has actually learnt during the year. Tracking academic progress, on the other hand, paints a much clearer picture.
11 December 2013
As Australian schools slip down global league tables, education debate continues its endless and useless battle over which school sector gets most money. For the sake of our students, it’s time for a larger view.
16 October 2013
The NAPLAN tests have been unfairly criticised. They are a sensible response to Australia’s serious literacy problems. Now the Federal Government has the difficult task of expanding their role and reach.
1 June 2013
NAPLAN has faults but it is starting to change the way we think about disadvantaged students.
10 October 2011
Improvements in education and economic prosperity go hand in hand. Raising the quality of school education is the best way for government to improve the jobs and economy of the future.