14 March 2014

Making time for great teaching

To arrest our slide in global school rankings, Australian schools need to make time for proper teacher development. Most are struggling to do so. This report shows how it can be done.

21 February 2014

Turning around schools: it can be done

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

The myth of markets in school education

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

Catching up: learning from the best school systems in East Asia

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

Better teacher appraisal and feedback: improving performance

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

Investing in our teachers, investing in our economy

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

What teachers want: better teacher management

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

Measuring what matters: student progress

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.