Our current way of assessing students doesn't let them see the progress they are making over extended periods of time.
Our enemy is complacency – blaming the post-codes, fixing the students not the system, and arguing for more resources to continue what is not working.
Despite significant reform agendas over the past decade, no real progress in outcomes has been achieved.
We take a closer look at some of the common claims made this year to see if there is any truth to them.
While spending has grown for preschools, schools and universities, vocational education misses out.
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.
Policy continuity is what is needed to improve Australian students' maths capability.
If we want excellence in our schools, we have to provide a system with the incentives, enablers and rewards for improvement built in.
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.
Australia needs a new approach to solve the rural staffing churn. The solution might be found in better preparing those who teach the teachers.
Teachers in South Africa need far more high quality professional development, policy direction and support to take social cohesion from concept to classroom
Students with disability are experiencing a range of harms in schools, and teachers are struggling to support students with increasingly complex needs.
Drawing can help us to think creatively and develop hand-eye coordination. But an insecurity around 'not being able to draw' is preventing many high-school students from using this skill.
Mixed messages from the Coalition government around schools policy are not only confusing, but also raise deeper questions about whether they have a firm position on schooling at all.
With the current demands from industry for STEM graduates, how many are going to give up high paying jobs in industry for the short term sugar-hit of $15,000 and the stress of the classroom?
Both parties are proposing to spend more on education, yet there is no guarantee that either will lift outcomes substantially.
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.
Some believe children who are first-generation learners with illiterate parents are not capable of greatness. But some of the cleverest, most committed and most creative children come from slum areas.
While Labor's policy proposals for schools are all mapped out, the Coalition has yet to specify its plans for education.
The federal government has argued consistently that more money does not lead to better educational outcomes. But is that right?