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Computer-based tests hinder disadvantaged: research

United States government research has raised concerns that computer writing tests could disadvantage students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. A study published in December by the US Department of Education’s National Centre for Education Statistics, found conducting computer-based persuasive writing tests “appeared to widen ...

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Gonski needs bipartisan support: AEU

If the Turnbull Government is serious about innovation, it must match federal Labor’s commitment to Gonski, the Australian Education Union has said. Labor has announced its pledge to inject $4.5 billion into schools to fully fund the final two years of ...

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UniMelb helps link sport and education

University of Melbourne is aiming to get Indigenous school children on the track to higher education – literally. This year's Raising the Bar program, a partnership with Athletics Australia, concludes today. It has involved Indigenous students converging on UniMelb for athletics coaching, an ...

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VU’s Dawkins challenges ATAR’s relevance

A vice-chancellor has downplayed the relevance of the ATAR as a measure of potential student success – especially when it comes to teaching degrees. Professor Peter Dawkins, of Victoria University, argued that ATARs are often meaningless when measuring a student’s potential in university. ...

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Autism stigma blamed on poor training, funding

A stigma against autism is “reasonably common” throughout Australian schools, an expert has argued. A recent Senate inquiry found parents of kids with autism are actively discouraged by some schools from enrolling their child. This occurs across the public, independent and ...

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Literacy, numeracy getting businesses down

Poor literacy and numeracy skills are plaguing Australian employers to the point where it is affecting businesses, a report has revealed. International research has found nearly half of Australians, 44 per cent, have literacy skills below a level considered to ...

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Sydney terror accused schoolboy released on bail

A teenage boy facing terrorism charges in Sydney will live under effective house arrest after he was granted bail. The 15-year-old Georges Hall Public School student was allegedly one of five people involved in a terror plot to target government buildings, ...

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