Welcome to the Literacy Educators Coalition

Who We Are

We are a group of 400+ literacy educators from all around Australia.

Most of us work as teachers, principals, consultants in schools, or lecturers in teacher education. Many of us are authors of children’s books and teacher reference books. We are sought as speakers at state, national and international conferences. Our members include presidents and past-presidents of ALEA (Australian Literacy Educators Association), PETAA (Primary English Teaching Association, Australia) and AATE (the Australian Association for the Teaching of English).

We believe that parents deserve accurate information about literacy standards and literacy teaching and learning.

We aim to provide information, and counteract misinformation.

 

Latest News Stories

What kind of children will we get when we focus on performance rather than learning?

What kind of children will we get when we focus on performance rather than learning?

23 August 2017

Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University, 23 August 2017.   In the Whitlam Institute's latest Perspectives paper, Prof Justine Grønbaek Pors explains research showing that standardised testing and educational rankings continue to...more»

Phonics test not the answer to result woes

Phonics test not the answer to result woes

7 August 2017

The West Australian, 27 July 2017.  Our PISA results have been declining since the introduction of NAPLAN. However, why adopt a flawed British phonics test?  Britain achieved only 497 on...more»

Arts-based approaches to teaching literacy

Arts-based approaches to teaching literacy

7 August 2017

EduResearch Matters, 7 August 2017.  The focus on formal, regulated programs in reading and writing is having an enormous negative impact. There has been a narrowing of focus and a...more»

Why don't journalists question the validity of NAPLAN data?
PISA scores decline after NAPLAN is introduced

PISA scores decline after NAPLAN is introduced

5 August 2017

David Hornsby, 5 August 2017.  The attached graph shows that PISA scores declined from the time NAPLAN testing began in 2008.  A coincidence, or another sign that we now teach...more»

The dark side of NAPLAN

The dark side of NAPLAN

4 August 2017

EduResearch Matters, 3 August 2017.  Has the test replaced the curriculum?  Read the article here...more»