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Many classroom assessment strategies have a positive impact on student learning but, because they are not standardized, can also contribute to the problem of grade inflation. (Shutterstock)

Educators must commit now to tackle grade inflation

Recent news that at least one Ontario university adjusts for grade inflation during the undergraduate application process is a call to action -- for long-term educational change.
Trends in education suggest an increased focus on the assessment and teaching of thinking skills in the future. Shutterstock

How NAPLAN could assess creativity and critical thinking

To assess problem-solving, creative and critical thinking skills on NAPLAN would fit with broader movements in education internationally, but there are some questions to address first.
It’s exam time. Research suggests that while some students will be pleasantly surprised by how they did on exams, a larger group will falsely believe they did much better on their exams than they did. (Shutterstock)

Student grades: How confidence can hinder success

Research shows that many students are excessively optimistic about course grades. Those with a stronger sense of personal control are also less likely to receive the grades they expect.
Does your daughter forget or misplace things all the time? Is she the classroom helper? Assessment scales for ADHD have tended to use data from boys so the signs of ADHD in girls may not be what you expect. (Shutterstock)

Fourteen signs your daughter may have ADHD

Assessment scales for ADHD have been developed using mostly male research samples. As a result, the behaviours indicating ADHD in girls may not be what you expect.
English language minority students can struggle to express themselves authentically in online courses if they are new to the conventions of Western discourse and written academic style. (Shutterstock)

Online learning punishes minority students, but video chats can help

The discourse and structure of online learning can exclude English language minority students. Techniques such as video chats, "safe houses" and content-focused grading can support their success.
How can we change math instruction to meet the needs of today’s kids? World Bank Photo Collection / flickr

Challenging the status quo in mathematics: Teaching for understanding

Math instruction is stuck in the last century. How can we change teaching methods to move past rote memorization and help students develop a more meaningful understanding – and be better at math?
If the government wants to encourage universities to translate their research to a wider audience, they should explicitly pay for it. www.shutterstock.com

Why the KPIs on university engagement need more thought

In March 2018, all Australian universities will be submitting key performance indicators (KPIs) on their engagement and impact to the Australian Research Council. These measure how well universities engage…
One way teachers can respect culture is by embedding it into ‘mainstream’ subjects. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Back to school – understanding challenges faced by Indigenous children

Teachers – get to really know your kids, their families, their community and its history, and what’s going on at home. While school policies are important, relationships are the real keys to success.
Students don’t always know if they are making any progress in their learning. from www.shutterstock.com

Rethinking how we assess learning in schools

Our current way of assessing students doesn't let them see the progress they are making over extended periods of time.
Australia has slipped further down the international rankings in maths, science and reading. from www.shutterstock.com

PISA results don’t look good, but before we panic let’s look at what we can learn from the latest test

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.
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How to overcome exam anxiety

There are ways to manage exam anxiety so that it doesn’t hugely impact your performance.

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