Standardised assessments can inform what teachers teach, based on evidence of student learning.
Standardised tests are a powerful tool for building an evidence base of what works to guide education policy.
Results from the 2017 NAPLAN results showed very little improvement since the test was introduced 10 years ago.
NAPLAN is good at measuring some aspects of education, including knowledge difference between demographics, but has not produced a positive effect on student learning outcomes.
To make sure we get the most out of education, we may need to both broaden our narrative about standardised testing and try to minimise its negative influences.
The use of standardised testing is a divisive topic, and most of the disagreement comes down to beliefs about whether using it to control education is a good or bad thing.
The most reliable way to find the best school for your child is to visit and find out about its philosophy and programs.
My School data does not show the quality of teaching, and school comparisons and rankings can be misleading.
Students don’t always know if they are making any progress in their learning.
Our current way of assessing students doesn't let them see the progress they are making over extended periods of time.
Children need to learn how to sound out words they haven’t seen before.
Many young children can give the false impression that they are learning to read, when in fact they are mostly guessing words from pictures or context. This test will help to identify these students.
New evidence-based methods of teaching and learning are being taken up very slowly.
Despite significant reform agendas over the past decade, no real progress in outcomes has been achieved.
There are big problems in South Africa’s school systems. These aren’t often discussed when matric results are released.
South Africa's annual matric pass rate obscures important differences in provincial achievements, the rural and urban divide and the unequal outcomes for learners in poorer schools.
How can we use data from international tests to improve student learning?
Various forms of testing that reduce students’ knowledge, capacities and skills to a single number cannot of themselves help inform improvement.
Australia is one of only three countries with significantly decreased maths and science scores in the latest round of PISA.
If we want excellence in our schools, we have to provide a system with the incentives, enablers and rewards for improvement built in.
Should we base education reforms solely on Australia’s international ranking?
The furore over Australia's international ranking in science, maths and English obscures what we should really be focusing on.
Some exam questions are poorly designed and written – this needs to change.
Exams do have a purpose, but they shouldn't be used to assess the recall of meaningless facts.
From 2017, students will be assessed on skills such as problem solving.
Teaching students skills such as creative thinking and problem solving will become part of the curriculum from 2017. But in order to assess these capabilities, teaching styles will have to change.
The wait is over.
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Why we should lament the sharp drop in the number of teenagers taking the one-year qualifications.
Back to basics.
Testing takes the magic out of education – playful learning may be the answer.
Could seven-year-olds be sitting SATs again?
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A decade after they were phased out, the government could reintroduce national tests for seven-year-olds.
Ask their opinion.
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New look GCSEs and A-levels will be sat by young people – but they haven't been asked about the reforms.
It’s impossible to compare student work against a database of sources because each pay-for plagiarised assignment is a bespoke creation.
We could be fooled into thinking pay-for plagiarism is a modern, high-tech invention. However, the internet merely supports the logistics.
First day at school? Did you prep for the test?
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From September 2016, within five weeks of starting primary school, all children in England will receive an assessment that will stay on their record. But we have been here before and it didn’t work. The…
What did you get?
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A Level results are in and as teenagers pore over their grades, a record number will be able to take up places at university. The results – which show a small decline in the overall pass rate for the first…