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Active and informed: National Assessment Program – Civics and Citizenship report

14 December 2017

A new study shows that Year 10 students’ civics and citizenship knowledge has fallen, but participation in civics and citizenship activity has increased. Julian Fraillon and Eveline Gebhardt report.

Assessment, Student Engagement, Survey, School

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Reading literacy results good news for Australia, but not all Australians

05 December 2017

A new international study reveals improvement in Year 4 students’ reading literacy achievement, but more needs to be done to address the underachievement of disadvantaged students, as Sue Thomson explains.

Assessment, Evaluation, Literacy, School

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Children’s reading literacy achievement: PIRLS 2016

05 December 2017

Results from an international study of Year 4 students' reading literacy indicate positive changes in Australia’s achievement.

Assessment, Literacy, School

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Evidence-based education needs standardised assessment

24 November 2017

Standardised assessments are powerful tools in building a strong evidence base for education policy and practice, as Jen Jackson and Ross Turner explain.

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

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Inquiry-based learning: Assessing students’ science inquiry skills

15 November 2017

Inquiry-based approaches to teaching yield substantial benefits to students, but an assessment of students’ science inquiry skills indicates more emphasis is needed on the development of inquiry-based teaching and learning. Abha Bhagat reports.

Assessment, Evaluation, School, International

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Understanding online pedagogy

05 October 2017

Clare Nelson discusses how effective online pedagogical practice can increase learner engagement and retention.

Assessment, Digital Learning, Student Engagement, School, Higher Education, Vocational & Adult