Australia has slipped further down the international rankings in maths, science and reading.
Rather than leaping to conclusions about a failing education system, we need to look at what the data tells us about student performance at a state level to help us make more informed decisions.
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.
What is teacher quality?
On the occasion of World Teacher's Day, on Oct. 5, a scholar explains why borrowing teacher quality models from high-scoring countries such as Finland, South Korea or Singapore is not effective.
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?
A helping hand for school children from disadvantaged backgrounds would yield economic benefits for NSW.
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Evidence suggests early intervention to improve educational opportunities for low-income kids yields impressive long term results -- but we need to use better evaluation methods to know what works.
Education standards in Australia are slipping.
International education tests reveal Australia has either stagnated or declined in many subject areas, including maths and science, while other countries have made big improvements. Why is this?
How do you do it then? British prime minister David Cameron visits a school in Singapore.
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Teenagers in Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong outperformed those in London, Madrid and Dubai.
Testing times: online exams produce different results to paper ones.
Some countries experienced big changes when the global test of 15-year-olds moved from paper to online.
Too many students are struggling to make the grade.
A new OECD report has put the spotlight on countries where teenagers struggle in maths, reading and science.
A third of adults in the OECD now have a university degree.
Thinking differently about comparing education systems.
An alternative way to look at who comes where in PISA tests – and the results are surprising.
Unequal education is a result of what happens in schools.
Students in the same grade in the same school receive a very different education based on the socioeconomic status of their parents.
Exams aren’t testing 21st century skills.
To prepare teachers for the 21st century, we need to reform the way we assess children.
Best use of time?
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A new report from the OECD says pupils in countries that invest a lot in technology in the classroom, don't perform better in tests.
Judging a school on its test scores isn’t a well-rounded measure.
New research says we're doing the wrong things to improve "quality" in our schools, but the measures of quality used are not the right ones.
There have been some serious fallouts from standardized testing.
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.
What books will children need if subjects are off the timetable?
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It easy to lampoon education reforms in Finland that aim to scrap the teaching of traditional subjects in favour of broader topics. The new initiative could see history, geography and languages replaced…
Counting up the costs ahead of the election.
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From the academies programme to the size of school budgets, the issues to watch in this election campaign.
Declining test scores, dwindling participation in maths and science, and too few in early learning: just three of the ways Australia is failing in education.
Australia's facing a slow decline in most educational standards and few are aware just how bad the situation is getting.
What’s holding girls back at science?
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Schools need to do more to protect both girls and boys from society’s gender stereotyping.