NAPLAN

Learning is not a race but politicians think it is. Now wellbeing is in peril.

By George Variyan

Pasi Salhberg is right, we need to prioritise wellbeing during the endless lockdowns many of us are enduring.

Why appeasing Latham won’t make our students any more remarkable

By James Ladwig

Are our schools making the kids we think we should? The tussle between politics and education continues and Latham is just the blunt end of what is now the assumed modus operandi of school policy in Australia.  Many readers of this blog no doubt will have noticed a fair amount of public educational discussion about NSW’s

Australian curriculum review: strengthened but still a long way from an amazing curriculum for all Australian students

By Stewart Riddle

There is much to admire in the proposed revisions to the Australian Curriculum, which were released for public consultation this week. I’d give it a B+. The curriculum content organisers and core ideas have been revised to ensure that they are more closely aligned, with some trimming of content to enable greater depth of study.

Surprising findings from new analysis of declining NAPLAN writing test results

By Damon Thomas

Despite the considerable annual investments of money and school resources to hold the NAPLAN tests, almost no research

Q:Which major party will fully fund public schools? A:None. Here’s what’s happening

By Deb Hayes

You would be forgiven for thinking that policy related to schooling is not a major issue in Australia.

NAPLAN is not a system-destroying monster. Here’s why we should keep our national literacy and numeracy tests

By Shane Rogers

Australia’s numeracy and literacy testing across the country in years 3, 7, and 9 is a fairly bog

How school principals respond to govt policies on NAPLAN. (Be surprised how some are resisting)

By Dr Amanda Heffernan

School principals in Australia are increasingly required to find a balance between improving student achievement on measurable outcomes (such as NAPLAN) and focusing energies on things that can’t as easily be measured; such as how well a school teaches creative and critical thinking, how it connects with its local community or how collaboratively teachers on

It’s time to be honest with parents about NAPLAN: your child’s report is misleading, here’s how

By Nicole Mockler

You know there is something going wrong with Australia’s national testing program when the education minister of the largest state calls for it to be axed. The testing program, which started today across the nation, should be urgently dumped according to NSW Education Minister, Rob Stokes, because it is being “used dishonestly as a school

NAPLAN testing begins for 2018 and here’s what our children think about it

By Angelique Howell

Australia’s national literacy and numeracy testing program, NAPLAN, for 2018 begins today, on Tuesday 15th May. Classrooms have

Learning to write should not be hijacked by NAPLAN: New research shows what is really going on

By Annette Woods and Aspa Baroutsis and Lisa Kervin and Barbara Comber

You couldn’t miss the headlines and page one stories across Australia recently about the decline of Australian children’s writing skills. The release of results of national tests in literacy and numeracy meant we were treated to a range of colour-coded tables and various info graphics that highlighted ‘successes’ and ‘failures’ and that dire, downward trend.