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

NAPLAN's tale of two territories: why ACT and NT are on opposite ends of the spectrum

NAPLAN's tale of two territories: why ACT and NT are on opposite ends of the spectrum

8 August 2015

The Conversation, 6 August 2015.  – Many factors affect ability to perform on standardised tests, including isolation, language background, access to internet, parental income and parental education levels.  It's complex,...more»

Why NAPLAN is failing our kids

Why NAPLAN is failing our kids

8 August 2015

news.com.au, 7 Aug 2015.  – Some of the most important elements of a good education can't be measured by a test and NAPLAN does NOT identify identify issues in teaching...more»

The latest NAPLAN results reveal the need for Gonski-style funding

The latest NAPLAN results reveal the need for Gonski-style funding

6 August 2015

The Age, 5 August 2015.   – NAPLAN testing does not, cannot and never was intended to measure student knowledge.  Read the article here...more»

What spelling bees can tell us about learning to spell - and what they get wrong

What spelling bees can tell us about learning to spell - and what they get wrong

5 August 2015

The Conversation, 4 August 2015.   – Spelling isn't about hearing; it's about meaning.  Read the article here...more»

It's time researchers let teachers do their job

It's time researchers let teachers do their job

23 July 2015

Christopher Bantick, The Age, 19 July 2015.   – Researchers who have never spent a day in a classroom churn out regular reviews of what teachers should be doing!  Read the article here...more»

Test misses the mark on valuable measures

Test misses the mark on valuable measures

17 July 2015

The Age, 16 July 2015.  – NAPLAN only measures small fragments of a child's achievements and it cannot be used as a diagnostic tool to inform educators of areas of...more»