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In teachers we trust – opinion

While many Australian schools have spent the last few decades admiring the old school tie, tightening standardisation and rubrics while chasing NAPLAN and ATAR scores, Finnish educators have been told to study best practices, and then try and improve on ...

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NAPLAN is back, but should we embrace it?

The National Assessment Plan for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) has commenced today in Australian classrooms, with approximately one million students across years 3, 5, 7 and 9 expected to sit the test.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the national test ...

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States’ NAPLAN review details unveiled

State governments have released the terms of reference for their review of NAPLAN. Heads of education in the Victorian, New South Wales and Queensland governments said the review – which will cost an estimated at $1 million – will identify what ...

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Full report released for embattled NAPLAN

The NAPLAN report card has been published and it confirms the findings of the snapshot released in August last year. While there were no statistically significant changes in any of the NAPLAN test domains when compared with 2017 results, ACARA ...

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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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Opinion: NAPLAN’s questionable origins

When NAPLAN was launched in 2008, its aim was to boost student achievement through the annual administration of standardised tests. But the scheme's performance remains unimpressive, as the 2017 NAPLAN results have shown. Yet again, student scores in literacy and numeracy flatlined, as ...

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Opinion: the pressure-cooker lives of Singapore’s teachers

Twelve-hour days and big classes are realities that Singapore's teachers face daily. Such conditions create stressful work environments which impede their capacity to live up to their global reputation for teaching excellence. They are usually too exhausted to be the classroom innovators they ...

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