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Worth a Read: Week Ending 28 September

Posted on Sunday September 28, 2014

Some articles from last week worth reading. >> Read on...

Victorian Report on School Autonomy is Intellectually Bankrupt

Posted on Wednesday September 24, 2014

The Victorian Competition and Efficiency report on school autonomy says that research studies show that the effect of school autonomy on school results is inconclusive. However, the Commission rejects is own finding and recommends increasing school autonomy. >> Read on...

Worth a Read: Week Ending 20 September

Posted on Sunday September 21, 2014

Some articles from last week worth a read. >> Read on...

Review of Low SES Loadings Should be Public

Posted on Sunday September 21, 2014

Unpublished letter to The Australian criticizes the lack of transparency of the review of the low SES loadings. >> Read on...

Inspiring Letter From a Principal on NAPLAN

Posted on Friday September 19, 2014

A Western Australian principal has written an inspiring letter to his students to put their NAPLAN results into perspective. >> Read on...

Media Release: Public is Not Invited to Low SES Funding Loadings Review

Posted on Wednesday September 17, 2014

The Federal Government has confirmed that its review of the low SES funding loadings is not open to the public and is confined to selected invitees. The review is considering whether the loadings should be changed. >> Read on...

Australia Still Lags Badly in Pre-School Education

Posted on Monday September 15, 2014

OECD figures show that Australia lags well behind most other OECD countries in enrolment in pre-school education. >> Read on...

Save Our Schools Calls for Submissions on Gonski Funding Loadings for Low SES students

Posted on Wednesday September 10, 2014

Under pressure from public school organisations the Federal Government has opened up the hitherto secret and biased review of the Gonksi low SES funding loadings. SOS calls on public school organisations, teachers, principals and parents to make submissions. >> Read on...

Media Release: Funding for Low SES Students is Under Threat by Secret and Biased Consultation

Posted on Tuesday September 9, 2014

The secrecy and biased representation of private schools in the Government’s consultation on low SES funding loadings is a threat to the future funding of low SES students and schools. >> Read on...

OECD Says That Competition in Education Has Failed

Posted on Wednesday September 3, 2014

The OECD says that more competition between schools has failed to improve student results and has increased social segregation between students. >> Read on...

Australia’s Chinese Students do as well as Shanghai Students

Posted on Friday August 29, 2014

New research shows that Australia’s Chinese students do just as well as Shanghai students in the PISA tests. It suggests that the large difference in average results between Shanghai and Australia is due to cultural factors rather than education policies. >> Read on...

Are Gifted and Talented Classes a Bright Idea?

Posted on Monday August 25, 2014

Despite the increasing expansion and popularity of gifted and talented programs, there is little evidence that they are effective. A new research study shows that they do not improve the results of students. >> Read on...

It is the Funding Stupid: Fixing Remote Indigenous Student Attendance

Posted on Monday August 18, 2014

Northern Territory funding of remote and very remote schools on the basis of attendance rather than enrolments is making it harder to improve Indigenous student achievement in these areas. >> Read on...

Independent Public Schools in England are More Socially Selective

Posted on Thursday August 14, 2014

Free schools in England add to social segregation between schools because they take fewer poor children than other local schools. >> Read on...

What Do Standardized Tests Actually Test?

Posted on Tuesday August 12, 2014

A US educator answers the question of “what do standardized tests teach”. >> Read on...

Public Schools Do As Well as Catholic and Independent Schools

Posted on Saturday August 9, 2014

New research has found that Catholic and Independent schools achieve no better results than public schools after taking account of student background characteristics. >> Read on...

South Korea’s Education System is a Form of Child Abuse

Posted on Thursday August 7, 2014

The South Korean education system has a dark underside. Its cram schools and authoritarian teachers produce ranks of overachieving students who pay a high price in health and happiness. >> Read on...

New Data on the Education Divide Between Rich and Poor

Posted on Wednesday August 6, 2014

A new paper by the Australian Bureau of Statistics provides more evidence on the education divide between rich and poor. >> Read on...

The Evidence Does Not “Stack-up” for Independent Public Schools

Posted on Monday August 4, 2014

Professor Alan Reid has demolished the case for independent public schools. He says that the concept of independent public schools is an oxymoron and the evidence that they improve student outcomes does not stack-up. >> Read on...

The Debate is Over: Money Matters in Education

Posted on Friday August 1, 2014

An SOS research paper shows that the debate over whether money matters in education is over. Money does matter, especially for disadvantaged students. >> Read on...

Money Matters in Education

Posted on Sunday July 27, 2014

A comprehensive review of research studies on the relationship between school funding and student achievement shows that money matters in education, especially for disadvantaged students. >> Read on...

Chile’s Failed Free Market Education System Faces Overhaul

Posted on Thursday July 24, 2014

Chile’s notoriously inequitable free market education system established under the Pinochet dictatorship is being overhauled to provide a comprehensive free education system. >> Read on...

School Autonomy in Austria Has Developed a Status Hierarchy of Schools

Posted on Monday July 21, 2014

A study of school autonomy in Austria found that it has resulted in more competition between schools, created greater opportunities for student selection by favoured schools and led to more social differentiation between schools. >> Read on...

Large Gaps in Financial Literacy Between Rich and Poor

Posted on Tuesday July 15, 2014

New results from the OECD’s 2012 PISA study show large gaps in financial literacy between advantaged and disadvantaged students in Australia. >> Read on...

Australian Teachers Work Longer Hours and Face More Challenges Than Teachers in Many Countries

Posted on Wednesday July 9, 2014

A new international survey shows that Australian teachers work longer hours and in more challenging circumstances than teachers in many other countries. >> Read on...

Gonski Panel Member Outlines a Future Agenda for Gonksi Funding

Posted on Thursday July 3, 2014

Gonski panel member, Ken Boston, calls for more action to implement the Gonski funding model. >> Read on...

Teach for Australia is Not Cost-effective

Posted on Monday June 30, 2014

Teach for Australia is not cost-effective. It incurs very high costs to the taxpayer, but there is no substantive evidence that it improves outcomes in disadvantaged schools and a very high proportion of TFA teachers leave teaching within four or five years. >> Read on...

Wealthy Philanthropic Foundations are Undermining Public Education in the US

Posted on Thursday June 19, 2014

A new study shows that wealthy philanthropic education foundations in the US have a major influence over national and state education policy and are using that influence to undermine public education. >> Read on...

Markets are Ineffective in Education and Create Social Inequalities

Posted on Monday June 16, 2014

A new study has found that competition between schools and greater school autonomy do not increase student achievement. More competition also tends to increase social inequalities in school results. >> Read on...

Kevin Andrews Exposes Pyne’s Hypocrisy on Gonski

Posted on Friday June 13, 2014

Social Services Minister, Kevin Andrews, has exposed Christopher Pyne’s rejection of conditions on Federal school funding for the states as an opportunistic way to subvert the Gonski funding plan. >> Read on...



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