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NAPLAN might move online

Students will sit national exams online for the first time next year, with education ministers pushing for an investigation to assess the feasibility of bringing NAPALAN online as well. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) assessment and reporting manager ...

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Piccoli defends $1.7bn in cuts

The NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, has described the move to slash funding to the state’s schools and the TAFE system as difficult but necessary. A report by the NSW government said: “The state government has had to make tough ...

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Disadvantage affecting school completion rates

Parents from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds are less likely to encourage their children to finish high school. About 60 per cent of children from low-SES households in Australia currently complete high school, while 90 per cent of students from ...

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Prepare for brave new (skilled) world

Australian educators must groom students for a future that will demand a high level of digital and global social skills, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) annual conference was told. A major shift in education is needed to prepare ...

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Staying in the top class

The PM's call to raise education standards faces an uphill battle over funding and debate over teaching standards. Australia's educational future is under threat. David Gonski led a review endorsing a $5 billion school reform package (on a yearly basis) ...

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Sector unites against cuts

Educational leaders say that slashing funding flies in the face of the recommendations from the Gonski review. The NSW government decision to cut $1.7 billion from the education budget has left many teachers, students, parents and others associated with the ...

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Teachers strike in Victoria and Queensland

Victorian state school teachers have come out in force with almost 40,000 going on strike, and in Queensland about 17 Catholic schools closed during an industrial dispute, while others ran with skeleton staff. Teachers at 171 of Queensland's 292 Catholic ...

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