After 10 years of minimal breakthroughs, NAPLAN doesn’t seem to be going anywhere but online.
NAPLAN is great at tracking changes over time and between demographics, but not so great at measuring what factors effect change, engagement or creativity.
Suzi Ailes, right, and Kris Smith study schoolwork for SusQ-Cyber Charter School in their home in Milton, Pennsylvania.
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What Betsy DeVos, an advocate of school-choice initiatives and President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary, as well as the rest of us need to know about cyber charter schools.
How helpful is it for teachers to know how many times students have uploaded files, tweeted or participated in chat rooms?
Schools and universities pump lots of time and money into collecting data on learning analytics, but there is no research to show that such data actually helps to improve learning outcomes.
Good teaching, well supported schools and involved communities can all help to mend an education system.
Even poor, badly resourced schools can perform well when teachers, the education department, parents and a school's broader community work together.
While more information on schools isn’t a bad thing, it won’t lift outcomes.
Expecting the My School website to improve learning outcomes assumes that parents will see a drop in results and move their child to the other school down the road - but markets in education just don't work like this.
It is thought new open-plan classrooms facilitate collaborative learning, but they actually make it harder to hear the teacher.
Many of us would remember our days in primary school sitting in a classroom with four walls, among 20 to 30 other students, and a teacher instructing us from the front. Recently, some schools have been…