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Rethink required for top five finish

AUSTRALIA would need to rethink its education policies to meet Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s goal of becoming one of the top five schooling systems in the world, the head of Finland’s Education Ministry says. Ms Gillard has promised to legislate for a goal of having Australian students among the world leaders in reading, science and […]

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Schooling beyond measure

As we tend to value the results of education for their measurableness, so we tend to undervalue and at last ignore those results which are too intrinsically valuable to be measured. – Edmond G. A. Holmes, chief inspector of elementary schools for Great Britain, 1911 The reason that standardized test results tend to be so […]

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Education chief: tests no measure of schools

NATIONAL literacy and numeracy test results should not be used for school accountability, the state’s head of education says. The NSW Director-General of Education, Michele Bruniges, will tell a national education conference in Sydney today that the use of test data such as National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy results should not to be […]

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Gonski review lost in political point-scoring

The NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, says Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott have made “awful” comments on school funding this week and has criticised them for reigniting the debate over financial support for public versus private schools. “The greatest problem here is overcoming the politics. I think everybody knows what the right thing to do […]

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Recipe for education apartheid

IT HAS been truly said: every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost. The Gonski report on school funding concluded that restoring equity across the three systems (public, Catholic and independent) would require the spending of some $6 billion a year by 2014 on students from low socio-economic status (SES) households and other […]

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Victoria arms for Gonski reform battle

VICTORIA is braced for a show-down over school funding reform, with the federal government expected to employ similar political tactics as it did over the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The federal government is likely to contribute about $3 billion – far more than the $1.5 billion the Gonski review suggested was its share of the […]

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Evaluating teachers is not so easy

ANNE G. FAIGEN, a novelist who was a high school teacher, knows from experience that assessing classroom performance is indeed complicated. In a conversation about the intractable problems of the Middle East, one of David Grossman’s characters in his compelling novel, “To the End of the Land,” says, “Who could possibly come up with a […]

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