The Aim Network, 18 Sept 2017. Think tank wannabes, who have never taught a class of kids to read and write, have no idea what works in a classroom. Read the article here
The Conversation, Misty Adoniou, 18 Sept 2017. We are able to learn from the experience in England and the evidence is clear – the test is unable to deliver. Australia should look elsewhere. Read the article here
flipboard.com, 8 Sept 2017 Relentless testing and pushing for standardized scores are destroying students’ imagination and talent and narrowing the curriculum. Read the article here
Greg Whitby, 13 Sept 2017. The education system has turned failure into an illicit activity to be avoided at all costs. Because our school system has institutionalised failure, it actively discourages the very thing that schools are expected to do and imposes limits on learning. Read the article here
The Conversation, 28 August 2017. Parents should continue reading with children until they no longer wish to share that time. Read the article here
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 have adverse effects on children and young people. NAPLAN has moved us no closer to improved outcomes but has contributed to increased anxiety and stress. […]
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 the literacy component of PISA, while Australia achieved 503. Read the article here
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 preoccupation with test results. Read the article here
David Hornsby, 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 to the NAPLAN test rather than the curriculum?