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Student Absenteeism is High in Australia

Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2017

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. >> Read on...

What's Behind Australia's Tottering PISA Results?

Posted on Thursday February 16, 2017

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. >> Read on...

Public School Enrolments Increase

Posted on Sunday February 5, 2017

New school enrolment data show a reversal of the steady drift of students from public to private schools over the past 40 years. >> Read on...

Oxfam Says that Global Tax Avoidance is Starving Funding for Vital Public Services

Posted on Wednesday January 20, 2016

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. < >> Read on...

Technology is No Game-Changer in the Classroom

Posted on Monday December 21, 2015

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. >> Read on...

The Price of Privilege

Posted on Monday November 9, 2015

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. >> Read on...

School Size Matters

Posted on Sunday October 18, 2015

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. >> Read on...

Australia’s Heavy Investment in Computers in Schools Has Not Paid Off

Posted on Tuesday September 22, 2015

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. >> Read on...

Victorian Education Corruption Scandal: Our Children Deserve Much Better

Posted on Sunday June 21, 2015

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. >> Read on...

Lessons That Matter From East Asian Education

Posted on Saturday June 6, 2015

US educator shows that East Asian countries are abandoning the education policies and practices that Western observers have praised. >> Read on...

More Education Reduces Income Inequality

Posted on Thursday April 23, 2015

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. >> Read on...

The Success of East Asian Students is Explained More by Family Attitudes Than Differences in Teaching

Posted 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. >> Read on...

NAPLAN Results Provide Little Joy and Much Concern

Posted on Tuesday October 7, 2014

The preliminary NAPLAN results for 2014 show that reading and numeracy have stagnated across Year levels while writing has continued to decline. >> Read on...

Worth a Read: Week Ending 28 September

Posted on Sunday September 28, 2014

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

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...

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...

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...

Review of Class Size Research

Posted on Friday May 2, 2014

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. >> Read on...

The Culture Wars of Kevin Donnelly

Posted on Monday April 28, 2014

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. >> Read on...

OECD Report Says High Participation in Private Tutoring in Korea is Pernicious

Posted on Saturday March 22, 2014

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. >> Read on...

Australia Fails to Achieve Universal Pre-school Target

Posted on Tuesday March 18, 2014

New figures show that Australia has dramatically failed to achieve its target of universal pre-school education by 2013. >> Read on...

Northern Territory Review of Indigenous Education

Posted on Saturday February 15, 2014

Margaret Clark reviews the Draft Report of the Independent Review of Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory. >> Read on...

Comparing East Asia and Australia

Posted on Monday February 10, 2014

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. >> Read on...

Australia's 2012 PISA Results

Posted on Thursday December 5, 2013

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. >> Read on...

South Korea's Education Success Has a Dark Side

Posted on Monday November 25, 2013

South Korea’s highly successful education system has a dark side that Australia would do well not to emulate. >> Read on...

Study Shows Catholic Schools Have Lost any Academic Advantage over Government Schools

Posted on Friday November 15, 2013

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. >> Read on...

Australia’s Declining School Results are Due to Ineffective Private Schools

Posted on Tuesday November 12, 2013

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. >> Read on...

Australia is in the Top League of All-rounders

Posted on Monday September 2, 2013

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. >> Read on...



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