The results of an international study into reading skills offer reason for optimism for Australian students. But tragically, too many children are still being left behind.
NAPLAN is great at tracking changes over time and between demographics, but not so great at measuring what factors effect change, engagement or creativity.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham is right to be concerned about the number of children struggling with literacy - but this test is not the solution.
In the US, differences in school results among poorer children depend more on environment than genes. In Australia, the story is different.
Indonesian politicians and public figures say Indonesians have a low interest in reading. But people in disadvantaged areas defy this perception; they always welcome new books with joy.
The story of a six-year-old boy with dyslexia who, with support from friends and teachers, became a successful professor. Now he teaches teachers how to help children like him.
Eye-tracking research reveals that children are likely to read new words faster and easier if they have heard the words before.
Supporting early childhood literacy is not just about reading to your child. Research has found there are many and varied ways to increase literacy in early learning.
Research shows many concepts are best learned in the language that the learner understands.
Because of the way our brains work, we can remember songs and rhymes much more easily than just words or letters. The ABC song teaches kids the basics of the English language.
The children who are least likely to attend school regularly – and do well – grow up in households where the adults themselves have very poor literacy skills.
Indigenous students who graduate from university have slightly higher full-time employment prospects than their non-Indigenous peers.
We are not hard-wired to read. It has taken thousands of years of practice to forge connections in our brains to help us do this.
Emoji provide a living language that is representative and inclusive in ways that words can't always be. Just be careful if you use the eggplant or peach emoji.
Poor literacy impacts a child's life chances – but there may be a rather colourful solution.
Pencil by default: the digital skills demanded by the welfare system may baffle Daniel Blake, but he is resourceful, creative and willing to work.
Were your teachers right about when to use commas, and about not starting sentences with 'and'?
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.
If we want excellence in our schools, we have to provide a system with the incentives, enablers and rewards for improvement built in.
The furore over Australia's international ranking in science, maths and English obscures what we should really be focusing on.