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Parents defy expert backlash with pro-NAPLAN statement

While certain experts think NAPLAN bizarre, parents and teachers, plausibly with more skin in the testing game, vociferously support it. Officeholders from the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO), the Australian Parents Council (APC), and the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of ...

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New research reignites class streaming debate

The lower-attaining the student, the worse the effect streaming has on them, new research has found. Published in the Cambridge Journal of Education, a study found that streaming creates a ‘culture of dependency’ in ‘lower’ classes, which inhibits students’ learning. Using data ...

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One standardised test doesn’t fit all: ACER CEO

Ever wonder why our children’s NAPLAN scores are stagnating, and in some cases, declining? Geoff Masters did, and now has an explanatory hypothesis. The chief executive of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) thinks the tests themselves could be ...

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Why aren’t female Bear Grylls’ recognised?

Adventurer Bear Grylls, of Man vs. Wild fame, was first praised, then scorned for his ‘tough guy’ persona. All the while, most people hadn’t heard of Megan Hine. The fair-skinned, doe-eyed fellow Brit was once described by Grylls as “stronger than 99 per ...

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NSW scraps link between NAPLAN and HSC

The Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) has “cautiously welcomed” a decision to scrap plans that would link NAPLAN results with qualifying for the HSC. NSW education minister Rob Stokes today announced the contentious plan would not go ahead, after ...

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Review could help tradies become teachers

The federal government has launched a national review of teacher registration to improve consistency and teacher quality across the country. Minister for education and training Simon Birmingham said the National Review of Teacher Registration had been endorsed by all states ...

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New laws punish sexual misconduct in schools

The NSW government has today introduced harsher penalties for any teacher found to have a sexual relationship with a student. The Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 will close existing loopholes and expand sex offence penalties to include teachers who do ...

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