Using equivalent year levels provides us with a clearer picture of the gap for Indigenous students, who can be up to an equivalent of 7.7 years behind their non-Indigenous counterparts in writing.
The results are in, and student achievement on NAPLAN has plateaued in literacy and numeracy, with some areas of improvement.
NAPLAN is great at tracking changes over time and between demographics, but not so great at measuring what factors effect change, engagement or creativity.
In the US, differences in school results among poorer children depend more on environment than genes. In Australia, the story is different.
This year's preliminary NAPLAN results show Australian students are flatlining after ten years of the controversial tests.
The latest round of NAPLAN results show Australia's school systems are not good at reducing the influence of a student's background on their academic achievement.
Parents are sending their children to private pre-school programs as a way to ensure they are ready to start school. But are these effective?
Australia's Indigenous people had many methods for counting, and they didn't use just numbers.
The Productivity Commission has said that education spending has substantially increased over the last decade but student achievement has shown little or no improvement. Is that true?
There is plenty of evidence to show Australia's Indigenous people had ways of counting big numbers, yet the myth persists they couldn't count more than a handful of things. Why?
Teaching philosophy for just one hour a week can improve children's progress in writing, maths and reading.
It is not reasonable for politicians to say NAPLAN results have plateaued, because comparisons from year to year are not reliably accurate.
Teaching graduates are expected to meet new test standard from July 1 this year.
Average NAPLAN results don’t tell the full story. Diving into the details is essential if we are to understand what is going on in Australian education.
A New Zealand literacy program is helping to raise Indigenous achievement to mainstream levels.
The lesson to be learned from Aurukun is around the impact of out-sourcing education to commercial interests.
What a Nobel prize-winning physicist can teach us about about trying to deal with the current global crisis over asylum seekers and refugees.
Research shows linking teachers’ pay to performance has little impact on student achievement. Similar tests to the ones the government proposes for young children now face a backlash in the UK and US.
The Grattan Institute's new report, Widening Gaps, invites us to think differently about how to measure student progress and tackle entrenched inequalities in achievement.
The political obsession with back to basics literacy is leaving schools behind. What is taught in school is becoming increasingly distant from what is required in the real world.