It appears that whatever factors are constraining genetic potential among less well-off students in the US do not exert a similar influence in Australia.
In the US, differences in school results among poorer children depend more on environment than genes. In Australia, the story is different.
About 1.1 million students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sat the 2017 NAPLAN tests in May.
This year's preliminary NAPLAN results show Australian students are flatlining after ten years of the controversial tests.
On average year 3 girls perform higher than boys in reading, writing, grammar and punctuation, and spelling.
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.
‘Kindy bootcamps’ tend to be run by untrained teachers.
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?
Some of Australia’s Indigenous people even used body parts to help them count.
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Australia's Indigenous people had many methods for counting, and they didn't use just numbers.
Has education spending gone up while student achievement has stalled?
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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?
The evidence shows counting was beyond more than a handful of numbers for Australia’s Indigenous people.
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?
Children taking part in a philosophical discussion at Buranda State School in Brisbane.
Teaching philosophy for just one hour a week can improve children's progress in writing, maths and reading.
Research shows that the test error is too high in NAPLAN.
It is not reasonable for politicians to say NAPLAN results have plateaued, because comparisons from year to year are not reliably accurate.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the results are extremely encouraging.
Teaching graduates are expected to meet new test standard from July 1 this year.
Given how much money, time and effort has been invested in schooling reforms, why aren’t we seeing substantial improvement across Australia?
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.
Indigenous children in Australia continue to slip below national minimum standards for literacy.
A New Zealand literacy program is helping to raise Indigenous achievement to mainstream levels.
Students at the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy in Aurukun.
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The lesson to be learned from Aurukun is around the impact of out-sourcing education to commercial interests.
Refugees try to warm themselves with a fire at a refugee camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
What a Nobel prize-winning physicist can teach us about about trying to deal with the current global crisis over asylum seekers and refugees.
Government wants to create a national test for reading, phonics and numeracy in Year 1.
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.
We need to understand that some students make faster progress than others.
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.
Australia ranked 5th on the literacy test, ahead of the US and the UK.
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.
Changing attitudes: why is it ‘cool’ to be bad at maths?
You wouldn't feel so confident about claiming you weren't good at reading, so why is it okay to be openly negative about mathematics?
The majority of children in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania are attending school – but the evidence suggests they’re not all learning.
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More and more children are attending primary school in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. But there are worryingly large gaps in their learning.
The year’s nearly ended, but we’re still not sure how to best fund our universities.
2013 was the year of Gonski; 2014 the year of higher education reform; 2015 has been the year of … hmmm … wait, what actually happened this year? Just a lot of chat really, with much debate, but little…