Steven Smith wasn't always the world's best batsman. Given his current status as possibly the next-best-to-Bradman, it's difficult to believe that he was first selected for Australia as a 21-year-old bowler, batting at number 8. What does this have to do with NAPLAN? Let's look at Smith's improvement streak.
"The decline in writing scores and the flatlining of reading results should act as a wake-up call that some changes are required," Mr Birmingham said. Of course, it is much easier to draw attention to a problem than solve it. With NAPLAN, policy-makers are still in the former phase.
This article appeared in Issue 8, November 2017, Education Review.
Australian Universities have had it so good for so long. They expect, and have become accustomed to secondary schools doing the University selection testing using Australian tertiary admission rank (ATAR). So what does a world without ATAR scores look like?
What makes a school community great? We talk to leaders about their learning culture and their own personal perspectives on Australian education today.
Who are you meeting this week? Let's go to Western Australia...
Armando Giglia is the Principal of
Butler College in WA, a longstanding Studiosity partner school thanks to the support of Edith Cowan University since 2011. We nabbed a minute of his time to find out what he thinks about modern schools, and the new challenges schools are facing.
Starting high school comes with a number of mixed feelings. It’s an exciting time. So much is changing and you’re about to start a whole new set of subjects, meet new people, create new friendships and take on new challenges. While all this change is exhilarating, the fear of the unknown can also be a daunting prospect. You’re about to be a small fish in a big pond again.
So here are some tips to make sure you get off on the right foot next year.
We've talked about the Stronger HSC Standards initiative and how it impacts the teacher of English, Maths and the Sciences, and how it better supports core literacy and numeracy. There is one other change to the senior syllabus in NSW that is worth talking about because, even though it has only just been announced, it is already subject to a lot of rumour and misinformation. I'm talking about the changes to History.
We've previously talked about the Stronger HSC Standards reform of the HSC in NSW, and how that changes literacy and English. These changes begin to effect students who commence Year 11 in 2018 (so, students who are currently in Year 9 or earlier). We now want to talk about the changes to Maths, numeracy, and the sciences.
This week the Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, announced the Stronger HSC Standards initiative, with the intention of improving HSC outcomes for NSW students completing their senior schooling by reviewing the way certain subjects are taught. These changes will affect students who commence Year 11 in 2018 (so students who are currently in Year 9 or earlier).