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There is no shortage of challenges in school education. Some of the biggest challenges we face can appear frustratingly intractable. Despite reform efforts, regular government reviews and ongoing calls for change, progress in addressing our most significant challenges is often slow and solutions continue to...
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...
Examines trends in Australian students’ performances over the past decade and considers implications for Australian schools policies.
Abstract Reforming schools and improving student achievement levels are priorities for governments around the world. In Australia over the past decade, State, Territory and Commonwealth governments...
The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is collaborating with the Queensland Brain Institute to create Australia's first Science of Learning Centre., in which an emerging field of research is improving our understanding of how students learn. Advances in our understanding of human learning is...
This report reviews research into assessment, especially in schools, analyses the pivotal role of assessment in learning and argues for its reconceptualisation by practitioners and policy makers to better support learning.
Section 1 outlines some current pressures for assessment reform, introduces the concept of...
Nationally comparable data about school performances should be reported to the public, but should not be used to create league tables, according to this paper.
Written by Geoff Masters, Glenn Rowley, John Ainley and Siek Toon Khoo, the paper was prepared for the Ministerial...
Does Australia have a world-class education system? If not, what kind of 'education revolution' would be required to achieve one? Geoff Masters examines findings from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
Geoff Masters sets out a proposal for an Australian Certificate of Education that would be available to all senior secondary school students, regardless of where they live in Australia.
Why do parents choose a public or private school for their children? Geoff Masters outlines the priorities of parents and argues for more evidence to be available help parents to choose a school.
Highly effective schools - that is, schools that achieve high standards regardless of gender, family backgrounds or socioeconomic status - have a number of features in common. Geoff Masters discusses these in this article.