Educational News

Marking NAPLAN with robots could damage learning

A leading US education academic has warned that it would be “extremely foolish” and even damaging to student learning if NAPLAN writing tests were marked by computers next year, as education ministers across Australia back a move to online marking. Les Perelman, an internationally renowned expert in

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Mr Eddie Woo changing the face of mathematics teaching with online lessons and ‘infectious enthusiasm’

The father-of-three’s unique approach to teaching mathematics has not gone unnoticed. Mr Woo is arguably the most famous teacher in Australia — a Maths teacher by day and an internet sensation by night.

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Queensland pulls out of online NAPLAN test trial

Queensland’s state and Catholic school have withdrawn from this year’s NAPLAN online testing trial following state government concerns the tests are not ready to be rolled out. Education Minister Kate Jones announced on Friday that 68 state schools would no longer take part after her department identified

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Homework, technology, smaller classes: what works in NSW classrooms

Most days at Glenorie Public School, on the rural outskirts of Sydney, small groups of the school’s youngest students pore over picture books. They are working hard to make up ground and lift their reading skills to the level of their classmates. Many are in year 1

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New South Wales HSC syllabus reformed for first time in 20 years

The NSW Higher School Certificate syllabus has been reformed for the first time in 20 years, with a focus on giving students the skills they need to thrive after they leave school.

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Science results stagnate for Year 6 kids

Australian students are keen on learning science but almost half have not mastered all the skills and knowledge expected for their age.

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Opinion: phones down, for literacy’s sake

As adults, what do we expect from children when we talk with them? Should we expect their close attention and active engagement in return? Do we wish that they’d put down their electronic device so we could talk with them without distractions? And how often do we

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School leavers struggle to choose uni courses

School leavers struggle to choose uni courses Research from South Australia’s universities has found that 51 per cent of school leavers have trouble deciding on what to study at university.

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Top school drops Cambridge exams

Westlake Boys switches to ‘excellent’ NCEA in move hailed as vote of confidence in criticised qualification. The principal who introduced Cambridge exams to New Zealand says he believes the qualification still has a place here, as a top school opts out. Former Auckland Grammar headmaster John Morris

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Younger students face testing times

School students face more testing after the Education Minister revealed options to assess pupils aged 13 and 14. Principals have questioned the move and are worried about over-assessing eating into teaching time. The belief that better use of data can help lift students’ achievement has been a

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