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.
We take a closer look at some of the common claims made this year to see if there is any truth to them.
Policy continuity is what is needed to improve Australian students' maths capability.
A new proposed deal on school funding delivers the Gonski funding within budget.
Research shows early childhood educators tend to prop up their low-paid jobs using their household income, or by borrowing from families.
Massive expansion of the education system has created new problems, and left old ones unresolved.
We need a clear plan in place to ensure that no child falls through the net. Such a plan needs to be both effective and cost-effective.
Two years of high-quality preschool is one of the most effective strategies we have to change the trajectories of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
We have scholarships specifically targeted at women to redress the gender imbalance in STEM subjects. So why can't we do the same for men in primary education?
The government is right to cut back on funding certain VET courses that have low-enrolment rates and are unlikely to lead to work.
Placing a recruitment cap on teacher education courses does not guarantee delivery of high quality graduates, and risks limiting diversity in the profession.
Australia’s school funding model provides high levels of public funding to private schools, while also allowing them to charge fees.
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?
A new school funding model being proposed aims to free up funds to help education ministers resolve their differences in state funding, and deliver needs-based funding in full.
Any new approach to linking welfare payments to attendance must address the flaws of previous trials. It will require the cooperation of schools and the availability of accurate, real-time data.
Instead of a needs-based model, we ended up with an inconsistent patchwork of approaches across Australian states and territories that protected the vested interests of non-government schools.
The government says that quality teachers are crucial to improving learning outcomes. Yet they still pursue policies that don’t put these teachers in front of our most marginalised students.
Education policy in Australia is being held back by a lack of data.
School expulsions are on the rise in Australia. But research shows individual punishment as a deterrent rarely works.
The claim that school spending has increased is misleading and simplistic.