Online learning can actually be as effective as when classes are delivered face-to-face. But teachers need training to do this effectively.
The latest OECD PISA results show Australia is doing worse than last time in science and maths.
Australian education is still going backwards from where we started in 2000 – new PISA results show.
PISA results come out every three years, and there’s always a big hoo-ha about it.
Every three years, the OECD releases its Programme for International Student Assessment results. Last time, Australia's education system was doing much worse than some other countries. Has it changed?
One principal estimated report writing costs his school around $90,000 per semester.
A new report out today shows parents are generally unsatisfied with the way reports cards communicate students' progress.
Spending on education in Australia increased nearly 80% between 2000 and 2015.
In 2015, the federal government contributed A$47.2 billion (42%) to education. State, territory and local governments spent A$39.1 billion (35%) and A$25.5 billion (23%) came from private sources.
Teenagers’ plans for the future can affect their school work now.
Although fewer Australian teens planned on going to university or TAFE than 15 years ago, figures were still higher than the OECD average.
Students’ sense of belonging at school is linked to how well they do at school.
Australian students, on average, reported a poorer sense of belonging at school than the OECD average. But issues with sense of belonging aren't distributed evenly across the population.
4.5 million young Australians between the ages of nine and 24 have taken NAPLAN tests at some point during their schooling.
NAPLAN has now been in place for a decade and needs ongoing review and refinement to make it more useful to classroom teaching and learning.
Standardised assessments can inform what teachers teach, based on evidence of student learning.
Standardised tests are a powerful tool for building an evidence base of what works to guide education policy.
Students don’t always know if they are making any progress in their learning.
Our current way of assessing students doesn't let them see the progress they are making over extended periods of time.
Little has changed in Australian students’ achievement in maths and science since 1995.
Latest TIMSS report shows that students in Australia make very little – if any – progress in maths from Year 4 to Year 8.
Students say they find university teaching staff unhelpful and unavailable.
Students feel they are not getting the support they need, despite research showing that the relationships students have with their lecturers can have a big influence over retention rates.
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?
Q&A panellists discuss equity and education on Monday, April 18, 2016.
Writer and social commentator Jane Caro told Q&A that Australia has one of the most unequal education systems in the OECD. Is that right?
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?
We need to do more to ensure teaching is an attractive profession.
Low pay and status are the main factors turning potentially good teachers away from teaching. We need to work on making teaching an attractive profession.
Should universities ditch the ATAR and use other ways to select students onto courses?
The ATAR system is cheap and efficient, but it means students are selected to go to university on the basis of a single score which some have claimed is too simplisitc. Is it time for a new system?
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott with kindergarden kids at Yirrkala in the Northern Territory. Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in the NT have the nation’s lowest retention rate, so it’s time to try more creative ways to fix that.
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Tony Abbott is spending this week in North-East Arnhem Land, part of his long-held hope “to be not just the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”. We asked our experts: what stories…
Teacher education and recruitment in Australia lags behind other nations, meaning we don’t get the same results, or the same respect.
Barely a day goes by when people aren’t bemoaning the state of teacher education in Australia. Australian students’ results are declining, entry requirements for teachers aren’t high enough, teaching courses…
Grading students together based on age doesn’t really give enough information about students’ progress.
Commonly used A to E grades in schools may not be serving all students well, or telling the whole story of progress. It’s time to review how we measure students’ learning - that doesn’t mean abandoning…