26 November 2017

Towards an adaptive education system in Australia

Australia’s school education system is not fit for purpose, and we need to rethink the way we teach students, support teachers and run schools. To halt the decline, we should make the system more adaptive.

14 June 2016

Orange Book 2016: priorities for the next Commonwealth Government

Australia faces many domestic policy challenges as the election looms. Yet a survey of seven years of Grattan Institute reports and policy proposals shows that a government prepared to forcefully articulate the public interest could win public support for a brave and powerful reform agenda.

21 March 2016

Widening gaps: what NAPLAN tells us about student progress

Learning gaps between Australian students of different backgrounds are too wide, and grow wider as students move through school.

26 July 2015

Targeted teaching: how better use of data can improve student learning

School systems must give teachers the time, tools and training to collect the best evidence about what students need to learn next and use it as the basis of their teaching.

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.