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The radical plan to overhaul NAPLAN

The Age, 20 March 2019.  Students would be selected to sit NAPLAN at random and school comparisons would be scrapped under a proposal to overhaul the national test.  Read the article here. NAPLAN (as expected) has failed to improve student performance.  The Australian Parents Council, representing non-government schools, wants to keep NAPLAN as it is […]

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What are ‘decodable readers’ and do they work?

The Conversation, 1 Nov 2018.  The Australian Curriculum defines decoding as ‘A process of working out the meaning of words in a text. In decoding, readers draw on contextual, vocabulary, grammatical and phonic knowledge.’  However, the Victorian coalition defines decoding only as ‘sounding out letters’ and wants their misinformed view of decodable readers in schools […]

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