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 Tuesday December 2, 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.
PISA test scores have declined for high and low achieving students since 2000, but those for high achieving students recovered somewhat after 2006 while those of the lowest achieving students have continued to decline.
Cram schools are big business in South Korea. They are a factor in the country’s education success, but they are also a factor behind increasing education inequality.
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A recent report by the Productivity Commission claims that genetic factors contribute significantly to the achievement gap between rich and poor. The claim is based on flimsy evidence. There is no evidence to show that genetic differences contribute to the educational gaps between high and low SES students or different ethnic groups.
New figures released by the OECD show that Australia has one of the lowest levels of enrolment in pre-school education in the OECD and spends less on pre-school education as a proportion of GDP than any other OECD country. <
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) promise a future of students learning online, but things won’t be all that different from today: students from underprivileged backgrounds will continue to lose the educational race; parents with means will ensure the best (non-MOOC) education for their kids; and most students won’t learn that much more or less than they learn today.
Renowed US educator says that hyperbole about the potential of the internet to transform education is not supported by research.
A new academic study has linked the high prevalence of myopia in East Asian countries with extensive use of after-school tutoring.
A new survey shows that much higher proportions of Asian children participate in extra tuition outside school compared to Australian children.
Nearly one in three children in Australia miss out on pre-school education. In NSW, nearly one in two miss out. A new report has called for a doubling of funding for pre-school education in NSW. The NSW Government has passed the buck to the Commonwealth.
While the gap in mathematics results between Australia and East Asian countries is quite large in primary school much of it has been eliminated by age 16. Australia’s mathematics results are more strongly associated with socio-economic background at age 16 than in many other countries.<
A new brief published by the OECD shows that Australia has one of the lowest levels of enrolment in pre-school education in the OECD and spends less on pre-school education as a proportion of GDP than any other OECD country.
A selection of articles worth a read.
The price paid for East Asian education success is long hours doing homework and in after-school coaching classes. The long hours indoors on education has led to an epidemic of myopia amongst the young. This is not something Australia should copy.
A new report by the Asian Development Bank shows that 70-80% of East Asian students attend private tutoring lessons. It suggests that high participation in tutoring is a factor behind the education success of these countries and warns that it is encouraging poor education practices and fuelling education and social inequality.
Hugh Wilson of the Australian Secular Lobby argues that the National Chaplaincy Program is undermining the secular nature of the public education system.
The recent report by the Grattan Institute attributing the success of East Asian schools solely to better teacher training and renumeration is simplistic. It ignores other factors such as long hours of homework and coaching which have contributed to an epidemic of myopia in these countries.
A Shanghai view of Shanghai’s education results.
China’s education success is not all as made out in the recent Grattan Institute report. Chinese sources acknowledge that creativity and imagination in learning is poor in China and students have to spend many more hours on homework and after school lessons.
The latest NAPLAN results show virtually no change in overall average results, in the results of disadvantaged students and in the large gaps between the results of disadvantaged and advantaged students. Governments are failing disadvantaged students and their families.<
Australian students continue to lose teacher librarians and school libraries. A divide is developing between the schools which can afford one or more teacher librarians, and those where students have to rely on Google.
Students who complete Year 12 have better full-time employment rates, lower incidence of unemployment, higher wages and higher-status jobs.<
The first detailed statistical study of the impact of gifted and talented programs in schools finds that they have no effect on student achievement.
A new study shows that increased years at school lead to a reduction in property crime. The reduction in crime generates large social benefits.
The Bailleau Government’s plan for more time on foreign languages in schools may be over-ambitious.
A new review of research studies shows that completion of secondary school has significant social benefits by reducing crime, improving health, lowering mortality, and increasing political participation. This points to the need for a strong public education system providing for all students.
The latest international test results show that Australian education is still a high quality, low equity system, but that quality is declining and inequity is increasing.
Low achieving students are being off-loaded by schools in England in order to boost their league table rankings according to a report published last month.
The recently published report by the Grattan Institutue on class sizes and teacher effectiveness is overly simplistic, fails to address the central issue of overcoming the effects of disadvantage in education and ignores research evidence that lower class sizes can significantly improve achievement by low income and minority students.
A school principal calls the Building the Education Revolution Implementation Taskforce to account and says it should re-consider its “value for money” criteria in its final report.