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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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School preparation: make them want to go

Social wellbeing is more important than academic readiness when preparing kids for their first day of school, an expert has said. Professor Bob Perry, a Charles Sturt University expert on transitions to school, said parents should use the weeks before the ...

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