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This new analysis of a selection of mathematics items from the 2007 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS 2007) illustrates areas of strength and, particularly weaknesses, for Australian students.
TIMSS is a cycle of internationally comparative assessments, conducted by the International...
The case for increased second language learning in Australia is better grounded in the personal benefits to individual learners than in arguments about economic and social benefits according to this review of research.
The review traces the history of language learning in Australia, outlines...
The case for increased second language learning in Australia is better grounded in the personal benefits to individual learners than in arguments about economic and social benefits according to this review.
Second language education is a subject of continual public debate in Australia, reflecting...
Using examples from the Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians and from work completed by ACER, this paper examines the challenges of measuring and improving the non-academic outcomes of schooling.
The paper outlines common difficulties encountered when defining non-academic outcomes...
A summary of Indigenous students’ results in international tests of reading, mathematical and scientific literacy suggests that initiatives to improve the education of Indigenous students have, to date, had little effect.
According to the report Indigenous students remain overrepresented at the lower levels and...
A third of Australian and New Zealand tertiary students seriously consider leaving their institutions before graduation, according to this study of student engagement.
A representative sample of more than 25,000 students from 29 Australian and New Zealand universities participated in the latest cycle...
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...
An approach that measures educational ‘outputs’ through student, school and teacher assessment is needed to ensure accountability in the education system, according to this policy paper.
The paper shows that despite massive spending on education by the world’s governments, totalling $2 trillion in 2006,...
Social background plays only a small role in accounting for differences in occupational status and earnings at age 24, indicating that education is enhancing social mobility, according to this report.
However, not all forms of post-secondary education and training are equally beneficial. In terms...
Most Australian graduates are enjoying employment success and earning high salaries according to this report.
The 2008 Graduate Pathways Survey was designed to gain information on employment outcomes five years after completing a bachelor degree, how these changed from graduates’ initial outcomes, the pathways...