Estimating parents' capacity to contribute to their children's schooling is both vital and politically sensitive. Schools with well-off parents get much less funding from government.
There are benefits and drawbacks to both formative and summative assessment. Both are important parts of a rigorous assessment program.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Democratic schools already employ some of the recommendations from the Gonski report, chief among them individualisation of teaching.
There is good evidence behind some of the recommendations from the Gonski review that will help all students, particularly those who get left behind.
The role of general capabilities in a subject-based curriculum has been a recurring theme in Australian curriculum history.
The recently released Gonski 2.0 report focuses on overhauling core aspects of curriculum and reporting, and proposes a move away from the industrial model of education towards individualisation.
A government review of regional, rural and remote education tells us we need to recognise the uniqueness of and understand successes in these communities to improve outcomes for these students.
Catholic schools say they're losing money under Gonski 2.0, but this is only true for schools serving students in affluent areas – those in poorer areas will either be unaffected, or get more.
The shift in the education debate from "how much" to "how best" is a welcome change, but for students to feel the full benefit the federal government must resist intervening.
Some of Victoria's wealthiest private schools have reported spikes in numbers of students with disability. We should only trust those numbers if they're moderated by qualified staff.
For all concerned, the imbroglio surrounding Lee Rhiannon and her Greens colleagues turns on a fundamental disagreement over process and principle.
The issues with Lee Rhiannon involved trust in her, and the ability of the hardline NSW branch to bind MPs.
The 2016 Census reveals that Australia is becoming much more diverse – in terms of language, country of birth, Indigenous status, and religion.
Bob Brown, a long-time critic, repeated his previous description of Lee Rhiannon as 'the Greens' version of Tony Abbott'.
Politics podcast: Gladys Berejiklian on the need to reform federal-state partnerships.
With her government having just handed down a budget with an enviable surplus, Gladys Berejiklian says the Gonski legislation will leave NSW better off 'in terms of dollars'.
While Malcolm Turnbull celebrates the parliament passing the school funding package, the government is still trying to deal with an energy crisis.
The passage of the new schools funding program is a big win for Australian children.
As it attempts to limit vulnerabilities and confront pressing issues, the government is sending some confusing signals to the electorate.
The Catholic sector, having lost the old special deals, would be anxious to extract some new ones from an ALP government that had extra dollars to put around.