Data from PISA 2015 show that student absenteeism is very high in Australia. It is likely to be a factor behind the high proportion of students who do not achieve expected standards of achievement.
A review of Australia’s results from PISA 2015 and an analysis of factors contributing to the declining results, the high proportion of disadvantaged students not achieving expected standards and the high inequity in school outcomes.
New school enrolment data show a reversal of the steady drift of students from public to private schools over the past 40 years.
A new Oxfam report says that the global tax avoidance network is depriving governments of resources needed to fund vital public services such as education and health. <
A teacher explains that new technology is having little impact in the classroom because most educational applications of technology ignore what we know about basic learning theory.
When parents pay premium fees for their children to attend elite private schools, there is little wonder that some have a sense of entitlement as revealed by slurs against public school students by Xavier student.
Recent research on school size suggests that student results tend to be lower in large primary schools than in small schools, but at the secondary level the results are mixed. There are other costs and benefits associated with large schools.
Australia’s heavy investment in computer-based technology in schools has failed to improve student performance in reading, mathematics and science according to the OECD.
A Victorian school principal speaks out on the school corruption scandal. Despite Victoria have a highly devolved school system, principals and school business managers receive little training in school financial management.
US educator shows that East Asian countries are abandoning the education policies and practices that Western observers have praised.
A review of academic studies on the effects of education on income inequality shows that education is effective in reducing inequality. It suggests that full implementation of the Gonski funding plan would help reduce income inequality by improving secondary school outcomes.
The Success of East Asian Students is Explained More by Family Attitudes Than Differences in TeachingPosted on Wednesday December 3, 2014
A new study shows that differences in teaching between East Asian countries and Australia are not a critical factor in the differences in student results. Instead, it shows that differences in family attitudes to education are the key factor.
The preliminary NAPLAN results for 2014 show that reading and numeracy have stagnated across Year levels while writing has continued to decline.
Some articles from last week worth reading.
Some articles from last week worth a read.
OECD figures show that Australia lags well behind most other OECD countries in enrolment in pre-school education.
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.
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.
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.
A new review of research on the impact of smaller class sizes finds that smaller class sizes in the first four years of school can have an important and lasting impact on student achievement, especially for children from culturally, linguistically and economically disenfranchised communities.
Appointed by Christopher Pyne to review Australia’s national curriculum, Kevin Donnelly is engaged in his own private culture war against public education. It means that the review will have no credibility.
Korea has the highest participation rate in after-school tutoring in the world. A new OECD report says its impact is pernicious. It is exacerbating social inequality, narrowing education and harming the all round development of children.
New figures show that Australia has dramatically failed to achieve its target of universal pre-school education by 2013.
Margaret Clark reviews the Draft Report of the Independent Review of Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory.
East Asian success in education shows that it is possible to lift results for disadvantaged students but Australia should avoid emulating the East Asian obsession with cramming and the social cost it incurs.
The PISA 2012 study shows that Australia’s reading and mathematics results have declined and that the declines have been larger in private schools than government schools. It also shows continuing large achievement gaps between rich and poor.
South Korea’s highly successful education system has a dark side that Australia would do well not to emulate.
A new study shows that Catholic school results have fallen relative to government schools over the past 20 years and that Catholic school results are similar to government schools.
A Melbourne University study shows that the decline in Australia’s performance in international tests over the last decade is primarily due to falling results in both Independent and Catholic schools.
Australia is ranked equal fourth in the world in terms of the proportion of students who are top performers in reading, mathematics and science. This puts paid to criticisms that Australia ignores top students.