Longer Student Suspensions are Ineffective

The ACT Government and the Liberal Opposition want to give principals in government and Catholic schools discretion to suspend students for longer without higher level approval. They ignore extensive research evidence that longer suspensions are ineffective and counter-productive.

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ACARA Head Admits There is Little Evidence for Reporting School Results

There is little research evidence to show that reporting school results leads to better student performance according to Peter Hill, the newly-appointed chief executive of the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority. His admission is a fatal blow to the case for publishing school results. Continue reading “ACARA Head Admits There is Little Evidence for Reporting School Results”

League Tables Damned by Major UK Report

Friday October 23, 2009

Just as Australia is introducing reporting of school test results and the inevitable league tables that will follow, a major review of the primary curriculum in England has issued damning conclusions on the impact of standardized tests and league tables. Continue reading “League Tables Damned by Major UK Report”

Gillard Has Her Head in the Sand on Testing and Reporting

The education times are a-changing in the United States, but Julia Gillard is way behind the curve. Just as she embarks on her mission to transplant US style market-based education reforms in Australia their failure to deliver improved student outcomes is conceded by even their most trenchant advocates. Continue reading “Gillard Has Her Head in the Sand on Testing and Reporting”

Student Results in Australia are High, but Very Unequal and not Improving

The latest results from the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) generated a wave of self-congratulation from Education Ministers around Australia which should be qualified.

While student achievement remains high, there has been little improvement in recent years and there is a large gap in the results of rich and poor students. Reducing this gap is the greatest challenge facing Australian education. Continue reading “Student Results in Australia are High, but Very Unequal and not Improving”

School Closure Report Fails to Deliver

The Education Committee of the ACT Legislative Assembly has delivered a weak-kneed report on school closures. It has failed to deliver a better process for considering school closure proposals in the future. It has dashed the hopes and expectations of many for a better approach. Continue reading “School Closure Report Fails to Deliver”

Teachers Pressured to Change Student Results to Increase School Ranking

Over one-third of Chicago public high school teachers say they have been pressured to change student grades at some point in their careers in order to improve school results. Continue reading “Teachers Pressured to Change Student Results to Increase School Ranking”