Preparing for NAPLAN

Preparing for NAPLAN can look very different from school to school for a number of reasons. Some schools take the teach to the test approach and others don’t. There is a big focus on NAPLAN through the media and this puts vast amount of pressure on the government, schools, principals, teachers, parents and ultimately the…

Is NAPLAN numeracy being dumbed-down?

Today, we heard through a Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority bulletin of changes to the format of national NAPLAN numeracy tests for Years 7 and 9. Previously, there were two papers; a calculator and a non-calculator paper worth a total of 64 marks. Now there is only going to be one paper worth 48 marks.…

The Apocalypse of Education : TIMMS and PISA

The notion that Australia is failing in the global education world is not panic stations when we listen to former students share their own success stories. Nor is it a time to start apportion unfounded critiques of schools or teachers. Success is not measured in a score and certainly not compared to other countries in…

Why do teachers leave?

This week’s article in ABC News, Why do teachers leave? caused quite the stir on social media, with people exploring┬áthe question amongst their education circles, while others outright supported with lack of surprise, this topic of conversation. The ABC article came as a timely reminder as many teachers, students and parents rounded off their first…