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Reversing Australia’s downward spiral in STEM

23 May 2018

Changing the curriculum is key to reversing the decline in Australia’s STEM teaching and learning results, says a report by Dr Michael Timms.

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Improving confidence in expert judgements in medical specialty examinations

22 May 2018

ACER is helping to set performance standards and improve examiner consistency in examinations for medical specialty colleges, report Daniel Urbach and Jacob Pearce.

Assessment, Higher Education, Vocational & Adult

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Hidden PIRLS – what else do the data reveal?

16 May 2018

The results of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) make headlines with each release. But what else can the data tell us about Australia’s relationship with reading, asks Sue Thomson in Teacher.

Assessment, Literacy, School

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What is the Gonski model for schools?

11 May 2018

The recent Gonski report calls for a new model of school education. What might that look like, asks Geoff Masters in Teacher.

Assessment, Evaluation, Literacy, Numeracy, Quality & Standards, School

Higher Education
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Assessing aptitude for tertiary study

01 May 2018

Appropriate university admissions depend on more information about students than their academic performance, as Marita MacMahon Ball and Shelley McLean explain.

Assessment, Higher Education

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Can Australia meet United Nations goals for education?

19 April 2018

A recent UNICEF report on Australia’s performance against UN Sustainable Development Goals asked questions about our failure to meet interim education targets. Dan Cloney’s presentation at the Future Schools conference proposed answers.

Evaluation, Early Childhood, Education & Development