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Why the curriculum should be based on students’ readiness, not their age

I handed down the final report of a two-year review of the New South Wales school curriculum in June 2020. One of the review’s...

To succeed in an AI world, students must learn the human traits of writing

Students across Australia have started the new school year using pencils, pens and keyboards to learn to write. In workplaces, machines are also learning to...

From power battles to education theatre: the history of standardised testing

Results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019 testing round were released last week. They showed Australia had improved in...

A year without NAPLAN has given us a chance to re-evaluate how we gauge...

This has been a year of schools closing and a rapid switch to online learning. It’s also been a year with no NAPLAN. The...

Preschool and childcare have little impact on a child’s later school test scores

Early childhood education and care are widely regarded as helping children’s academic, cognitive, and social development. Our study, published in the journal Behavior Genetics,...

Not all parents use NAPLAN testing in the same way – and it may...

Every year (except this year) Australian children in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sit a standardised literacy and numeracy test — NAPLAN. When NAPLAN...

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