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There have been some serious fallouts from standardized testing. Judy Baxter

Test data misuse reaches absurd levels

Art teachers have been evaluated on English test scores. There seems to be no limit to how test data are being used to punish students, teachers and schools.
Allowing the states full responsibility for funding for all schools would lead to more coherent allocation decisions. Flickr/andresmh

Renewing schooling federalism: getting the settings right

The reform of Australia’s federation is under review. In this special series, we ask leading Australian academics to begin a debate on renewing federalism, from tax reform to the broader issues of democracy…
Taking tips from other countries on public education would be a good thing - if only we didn’t follow the ones who are failing. Flickr/Sakkra Paiboon

Five trends that jeopardise public education around the world

Where I come from in North Carolina it is currently 14 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time. I tell my colleagues that I have come from the past. However, when it comes to seeing how the failed…
Selling the message: there’s a disconnect between what voters want, and what Labor wants out of education. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Why Labor has failed to sell Gonski

On Sunday the federal Labor government announced reforms to school funding, that aimed to finally put in place the recommendations of the Gonski review. The proposed reforms – worth A$14.5 billion – are…

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