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School improvement on Australia’s horizon

29 Jan 2015
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While Australia has seen a steady decline in 15-year-olds’ reading literacy achievement over the past decade, Geoff Masters identifies promising signs at the primary level that this trend may soon be reversed.

It is often possible to learn more about effective educational policies by studying countries in which there have been improvements in performance over time.

Significant improvements tend to be associated with sustained, long-term policies and deliberate national action to lift the quality and equity of school education.

Factors underpinning improved performance include the development of a high-quality teacher workforce; collaboration to promote effective teaching practices; effective instructional leadership of schools; high expectations for every student’s learning; the creation of strong school improvement cultures; and policies to ensure that these practices are distributed across all classrooms in all schools.

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