21 February 2014
Some of Australia’s most troubled schools are turning around their performance. They are a model for low-performing schools across the country.
10 July 2013
Australia has led the world in giving schools more autonomy and trying to increase school competition. But these policies are not the best way to lift student performance.
17 February 2012
Four of the world’s five top-performing school systems are now in East Asia. Learning from their strengths in classroom teaching can improve our children’s lives.
18 April 2011
A new system of teacher appraisal and feedback in Australia would improve teacher effectiveness, recognise our best educators and lift the outcomes of Australian students to the best in the world.
15 November 2010
Improving teacher effectiveness would do more to lift economic growth than any other reform before Australian governments. The improvement in student learning could lift Australian students to the top of international performance tables.
24 May 2010
Improving the quality of teachers and teaching should be central to education policy. Evaluating the work of teachers and developing their skills is a key part of improving the quality of teaching. However, an OECD survey reveals that teacher evaluation and development in Australia is among the worst in the developed world.
27 January 2010
A large proportion of Australian students only reach minimum standards of literacy and numeracy. These students are spread throughout education systems; few schools do not have poor performing students who would benefit from improved education. After decades of rising expenditure, student performance has stagnated. We have a moral imperative to improve the performance of the 30% of year 9 students who have achieved only the very basic elements of writing literacy.