The questions in the NAPLAN numeracy tests are often years behind the level of mathematics students following the curriculum are studying that year.
This week's NAPLAN results show the writing skill of students is actually dropping as they progress from Year 3 through to Year 9.
Under no circumstances do NAPLAN scores alone indicate a student's full potential, so linking them to any future job application is a dangerous idea.
Do homeschooled children miss out on quality education from trained teachers? Research says no – homeschooled students do just as well, if not better, than those who go to school.
Caregivers using privilege to buy their children's way into, and through, education is not a Hollywood anomaly, nor the domain of elites. The middle class have been doing it in Australia for decades.
2018 was a mixed bag for schooling policy in Australia, with new ministers, a new organisation and auspicious anniversaries. It’s worth reflecting on the year that’s been.
School education in Australia is generally good, but it should be better.
Girls are encouraged more often to read, despite performing better in reading assessments nationally and internationally. Here's how parents and educators can help connect boys with books.
The current debate about comparability would be more concerning if 2018 results showed radically different trends compared to previous years, but they don’t.
Much of the controversy over the delay in this year's NAPLAN data comes down to its misuse and a misunderstanding of statistical comparability.
Early shared reading is linked to a number of benefits for children, including better performance in NAPLAN, reading, writing, spelling, grammar and mathematics.
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.
Literacy and numeracy can be assessed through creative tasks, like creating a drama performance or an electrical circuit, without hindering creativity.
Getting rid of NAPLAN would allow teachers more time to respond to and address the needs of their students, rather than teaching to the test.
While we may need to rethink how we use NAPLAN, it is an important and useful tool for researchers and policy makers.
Assessments need to be relevant to the real world and test more complex skills to better predict competency, standards of literacy and teaching.
Students from the Philippines, China and India consistently achieve better results at school than their Australian-born counterparts. This is due to a number of factors, including parents' values.
Moving away from direct instruction and teaching to the test and towards making sure boys enjoy reading will improve outcomes.
Using equivalent year levels provides us with a clearer picture of the gap for Indigenous students, who can be up to an equivalent of 7.7 years behind their non-Indigenous counterparts in writing.
The year 2017 is finally coming to an end, so here's a wrap of our coverage for the year, with bonus quiz!