Testing times ahead for four-year-olds as new starters face 'harmful' assessments within six weeks of starting school.
Why new style GCSEs are past their sell by date even before they've got going.
We need to look for more engaging and relevant assessments that use the tools available in an online environment for re-envisioning NAPLAN.
Assessments need to be relevant to the real world and test more complex skills to better predict competency, standards of literacy and teaching.
Chemistry class at the Dong Tien Secondary School, Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam.
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How can we improve the PISA standardised tests?
Assessment should be a part of teaching and learning at universities. It's important because it will subvert exclusion and allow all students to take responsibility for their work.
Tests and exams can be difficult for autistic children.
Why a common sense approach is needed when it comes to autism and primary school tests.
Is east Asia really the top dog when it comes to education?
... and why our analysis is a much fairer comparison.
Children need to learn how to sound out words they haven’t seen before.
Many young children can give the false impression that they are learning to read, when in fact they are mostly guessing words from pictures or context. This test will help to identify these students.
Australia is one of only three countries with significantly decreased maths and science scores in the latest round of PISA.
If we want excellence in our schools, we have to provide a system with the incentives, enablers and rewards for improvement built in.
Hands up if you’re top of the class.
East Asian pupils continue to outpace their counterparts in Western schools.
A new phonics test won’t help us understand what the problems are. We need solutions.
Being able to sound out letters in words doesn’t mean you can understand them. There is no clear evidence that a new phonics screening test for children in Year 1 will help improve reading levels.
Do you often think you are going to fail an exam?
There are ways to manage exam anxiety so that it doesn’t hugely impact your performance.
Rating teachers doesn’t necessarily improve quality.
There is little evidence that external inspections and evaluation measures produce better teachers.
What makes a good teacher?
There is little evidence to suggest that testing teaching students on their literacy and numeracy will have any impact on the quality of teaching and learning in Australian classrooms.
The supply of teachers cannot be turned on and off like a tap – it takes years to create a teacher.
The narrow focus on grades and random employment statistics reflects a very simplistic view of our complex education system.
What will you remember?
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Teachers give tests to find out what their students know. But tests do a lot more than that and can have a powerful effect on what a student remembers. In a typical research study looking at the links…
How do NAPLAN tests compare?
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A new parliamentary report on the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) finally takes a long, hard look at the calibre of these controversial tests. As part of the committee process…
If you want to improve science education, standardised science literacy tests is not the way to go.
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The federal Labor government’s proposal to expand the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) franchise and include science literacy is not a surprising move. Once national testing…
Sorting high achieving students from their peers may be sending the wrong message.
Results released from a major Victorian study on student learning show high achieving children’s performance in tests is “flat-lining”. The study, by Professor Patrick Griffin, followed 36,000 students…
Two new international reports on school performance should be put into perspective.
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The recent release of Australia’s performance in the TIMMS (2011) and PIRLS (2011) test results has sparked much media comment about what this means for the quality of Australian education. The focus so…