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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

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Gathering student feedback on teaching quality

10 April 2018

Great teachers are always looking for ways to improve their practice, and the best source of feedback – their students – is right there in the classroom, says ACER Principal Research Fellow Dr Lawrence Ingvarson in Teacher.

Assessment, Quality & Standards, Student Engagement, Survey, School

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The future of school reports

04 April 2018

School reports are an important but imperfect means of communicating progress. Recent efforts to make reports more meaningful appear to have helped but more could be done, write Hilary Hollingsworth and Jonathan Heard in Teacher.

Assessment, Evaluation, School

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Breaking the link between disadvantage and development

29 March 2018

A wealth of research on teaching quality exists but it remains largely unused by those who could benefit most from its findings – teachers. Are there ways to better translate the findings from research? Dan Cloney explains.

Evaluation, Quality & Standards, Early Childhood, School

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Supporting school improvement at the system level

29 March 2018

Lawrence Ingvarson and Kate Reid explore the benefits of a system-wide approach to creating strong professional learning communities.

Quality & Standards, Survey, School

Education & Development
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Recognising the positive impact of early education

20 March 2018

As a study on early years learning in the Philippines draws to a close, its preliminary findings have been commended. Rachel Parker explains.

Assessment, Literacy, Numeracy, Early Childhood, School, Education & Development