Education Law & Lawyers

Education in Australia is primarily the responsibility of the states and territories. Each state or territory government provides funding and regulates the public and private schools within its governing area. The federal government helps fund the public universities, but is not involved in setting curriculum. Generally, education in Australia follows the three-tier model which includes primary education (primary schools), followed by secondary education (secondary schools/high schools) and tertiary education (universities and/or TAFE Colleges).

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2006 evaluation ranked the Australian education system as 6th for Reading, 8th for Science and 13th for Mathematics, on a worldwide scale including 56 countries. The Education Index, published with the UN's Human Development Index in 2008, based on data from 2006, lists Australia as 0.993, amongst the highest in the world, tied for first with Denmark & Finland.

Education in Australia is compulsory between the ages of six and fifteen to seventeen, depending on the state or territory, and date of birth.Post-compulsory education is regulated within the Australian Qualifications Framework, a unified system of national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training (TAFE) and the higher education sector (university).

If you would like legal help or legal representation from a lawyer in regards to any aspect of laws pertaining to education, then please complete your free legal enquiry form.

Each state and territory has it's own similar laws with respect to education under theor own Education legsialtion. For example, the NSW Education Act 1990 is based on the following principles:

(a) every child has the right to receive an education,
(b) the education of a child is primarily the responsibility of the child’s parents,
(c) it is the duty of the State to ensure that every child receives an education of the highest quality,
(d) the principal responsibility of the State in the education of children is the provision of public education.

The principal objects of the Education Act are as follows:

(a) to set out aspects of the school curriculum, including the minimum curriculum for school registration and the curriculum for School Certificate and Higher School Certificate candidates,
(b) to provide for the establishment and operation of government schools,
(c) to ensure that only government schools established under this Act or non-government schools registered under this Act operate in New South Wales,
(d) to allow children to be educated at home,
(e) to provide for the grant of School Certificates and Higher School Certificates and for the accreditation of non-government schools that are competent to present candidates for those certificates.

If you would like legal help or legal representation from a lawyer in regards to any aspect of laws pertaining to education, then please complete your free legal enquiry form.

Injured at College, Nursery, School or University

Unfortunately, accidents in nurseries, schools, colleges and universities are fairly common and at Thompsons Solicitors, we are approached by parents whose children have been injured, students themselves who have suffered injuries, teachers who have been injured as well as other visitors to the school premises such as parents or delivery drivers who have suffered injuries.

If you or your child is injured at school and the accident was someone else's fault, you may be able to make an accident compensation claim.

Some of the most common types of claims we deal with relating to accident at schools include cases where people have:

• slipped or tripped within the school building or school grounds
• been injured by defective equipment such as chairs, desks or play equipment
• been exposed to asbestos within the school building and have developed an asbestos related disease
• been asked to lift or carry heavy objects without the correct training or equipment
• been injured in a sports accident
• contracted food poisoning

If you or your child has an accident and suffers a personal injury whilst at school, which was not their fault, then you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim.

For example, a personal injury compensation claim may be possible if a person trips or slips on a footpath within the school, which has not been properly maintained, leaving it in a dangerous condition. It would also be possible to make a personal injury compensation claim someone was injured by a defective piece of equipment in the school such as a broken chair which collapses or a sharp-edged desk which cut into someone.  There should always be sufficient staff on duty to properly supervise and control the activities of the children or students.

If you would like to claim compensation for an injury that your child has sustained whilst at school, then please complete your free legal enquiry form to receive help from a specialist compensation lawyer.

 

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School Injury Compensation

When your child enters a school, nursery or college, their teachers assume a duty of care and are responsible for their well-being. There are almost as many risks to safety in a school as there are in the “outdoor world”, with potential slip, trip and fall accidents, injuries which can be sustained in the playground or during organised sports activities, bullying and even food poisoning from the school canteen.

The educational institution not only has a responsibility to the children to provide them with a safe environment, but also any parents, teachers or visitors to the school. Your child may be entitled to school injury compensation if they sustain an injury due to a breach in the duty of care owed to them by a teacher, but a teacher can also claim school injury compensation if they are not protected from being over-stressed by caring for your child.

If you would like to claim compensation for an injury that your child has sustained whilst at school, then please complete your free legal enquiry form to receive help from a specialist compensation lawyer.

Typical School Injuries

The stand-out injury that occurs in schools is a fall from height. A Health and Safety Executive report into serious injury in schools showed that there have been six deaths and over three thousand serious injuries in the past six years due to falling down stairs, falls from desks/chairs while putting up displays, falls from stools while closing windows, and falls from ladders while carrying out repairs and maintenance work.

The major factors in these injuries was either a lack of cleaning after a food or drinks spill, or a failure to provide suitable equipment for performing tasks at height. There are many other school injuries caused by genuine, unavoidable accidents where a child has been injured because of their own lack of care, but when their injuries are caused by negligence by the school authority, you are entitled to claim school injury compensation on their behalf.

What to do After a School Injury

When your child has sustained an injury in a school accident, it will usually be their teacher who organises medical assistance when it is urgently required. In some cases, a teacher will wait for the arrival of a parent before that decision is made but, in any event, it is necessary that your child receives a medical examination if you wish to pursue a claim for school injury compensation. This is also the case when a parent, teacher or other visitor to the school sustains an injury, as your medical records will be used to support a school injury compensation claim.

All schools also maintain an accident report book, into which details of the injury should be entered, and it is advisable to take photographs of the scene where the injury was sustained and collect contact details for witnesses who saw the accident occur. Once your child (or you) has received appropriate medical treatment, you should contact a school injury compensation solicitor to organise your claim for school injury compensation.

If you would like to claim compensation for an injury that your child has sustained whilst at school, then please complete your free legal enquiry form to receive help from a specialist compensation lawyer.

School Injury Compensation Solicitors

There are many reasons why you should use a solicitor who is familiar with claims for school injury compensation. This is a delicate area of law which often hinges on the testimony of a young child as to the circumstances surrounding the accident, and whereas you (as a parent) are emotionally involved, a school injury compensation solicitor will be able to interpret how the accident could have occurred.

A personal injury solicitor with experience in school injury claims will also be used to dealing with the school authorities and their insurance companies, who have a tendency to be notoriously slow in conducting their own investigations into a school injury compensation claim. Your solicitor will also be up to date with the levels of school injury compensation which are being awarded in similar cases and consequently in a better position to negotiate on your behalf should the school´s insurance company approach you with an offer of early settlement for your school injury claim.

If you would like to claim compensation for an injury that your child has sustained whilst at school, then please complete your free legal enquiry form to receive help from a specialist compensation lawyer.

In legal terms, the level of care expected of a teacher is that they act in loco parentis, or in place of a parent. A court will assess the behaviour of a teacher in the time leading up to an accident, and compare it to how a reasonably competent parent would have acted in similar circumstances. Schools have public liability insurance (aka occupied liability insurance) and owe a duty of care to their pupils, meaning they must take all reasonable steps to prevent accidents and injuries occurring on the school’s premises. Under Australian law, schools must also hold public liability insurance, to protect them in case of a successful compensation claim against them. Such claims have a knock-on benefit of driving up standards in schools, and reducing the chance of similar accidents and injuries to children in the future.

Typical Reasons Why Children Get Injured At School

• Falls in playgrounds e.g. defective climbing frames
• Slips and falls in swimming pools and changing rooms
• Trips and falls in outdoor areas on uneven surfaces
• Slips on ice and snow in winter
• Injuries from improper or dangerous play during sports
• Injuries from bullying and lack of supervision

If you would like to claim compensation for an injury that your child has sustained whilst at school, then please complete your free legal enquiry form to receive help from a specialist compensation lawyer.

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13 December 2012:

A higher education research briefing paper released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), drawing on new data, has confirmed the dramatic decline of international student enrolments in higher education in recent years and has highlighted how a massive downturn in Indian students has been a key driver in this overall trend.

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Submission to the Senate Inquiry on Teaching and Learning

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The submission focuses on measures to restrict and raise the quality of student intakes to teacher education, set and confirm the achievement of minimum standards for registration, and recognise and reward the development of specialist knowledge and skill.

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Student engagement is key to staying competitive

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The LH Martin Institute and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) are hosting a two-day conference on higher education student engagement.

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Creative students love learning

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The ‘I love learning’ competition was created by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and the PMH Foundation, with judging by the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
First prize winners in the ‘I love learning’ competition are:
•    Cynthia Toh from Riverton Primary School in the Years 5, 6 and 7 category
•    Alysha van den Berg from Brunswick Junction Primary School in the Years 3 and 4 category
•    Sophie Rodger from Fremantle Primary School in the Years 1 and 2 category.

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Excellent teachers are the key

25 October 2012: A key to achieving the Prime Minister’s goal of placing Australia in the top five school systems in the world will be to redouble efforts to ensure that every child has an excellent teacher, according to ACER Chief Executive, Professor Geoff Masters.
Speaking ahead of World Teachers’ Day, which is being celebrated in Australia on Friday 26 October, Professor Masters said that increased achievement levels in Australian schools depended on all teachers doing what the best already do.
“An outstanding teacher is one of the most precious gifts a child can be given,” Professor Masters said. “Teachers make a huge difference to children’s lives and futures. The best teachers are inspirational and build a love of learning.”

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Call for strengths-based approach to school readiness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids

A new paper highlights the need for a strengths-based approach to school readiness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, in order to recognise the skills, cultural knowledge and understandings they already have when they transition to formal learning.

The study, a joint project by ACER and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), reviews the literature and uses a strength-based analysis of information from Footprints in Time: The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC) to examine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s abilities and knowledge at 4-6 years of age.

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Bring your own technology – now

The use of mobile devices by young people is surging, and schools that continue banning their students from using their own technology inside the school gates will be swamped, according to the authors of a new book on the Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) model in schools. Innovative schools are now harnessing mobile technologies for learning. The keys to doing that are addressed in 'Bring Your Own Technology: The BYOT guide for schools and families' written by Lee and co-author Martin Levins, published by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and launched by Professor Michael Hough at the Leading a Digital School Conference on the Gold Coast.

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Growth in number of Indigenous university students, but still underrepresented

The number of Indigenous students enrolled at Australian universities has grown by over 40 per cent since 2006, and there has been substantial growth in the number of Australian university students born in developing nations, according to a new analysis of Census data by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

The latest ACER Joining the Dots research briefing analyses information from the 2011 Census, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in August 2012, to provide insight into the characteristics of Australian university students and how they have changed since the previous Census and in the first decade of the 21st century.

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University expansion fastest for more than two decades: Census

New data from the Australian Census shows that the growth in university students in Australia over the five years from 2006 to 2011 was the fastest recorded for at least the past twenty years, according to a research briefing by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

The latest ACER Joining the Dots research briefing analyses data from the 2011 Census, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in August 2012, to provide insight into the characteristics of Australian university students and how they have changed since the previous Census and in the first decade of the 21st century.

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School improvement not enough, expert warns

School improvement initiatives should occur within an innovative ‘learning ecosystem’ that engages a wide range of providers and partners, and would locate learning in a new variety of spaces and places, an international expert will tell delegates to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference today.

In the final keynote presentation of the conference, Board Director of the London-based not-for-profit, Innovation Unit, Ms Valerie Hannon will argue that the pursuit of school improvement is insufficient to address the challenges facing the world if it is to provide equitable, effective learning systems for all its citizens.

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Good evidence supports school improvement

Effective use of data by teachers is the crux of school improvement, Dr Michele Bruniges will tell delegates to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference.

More than 1200 teachers, policymakers and researchers are gathered in Sydney today for the 17th annual ACER Research Conference. Addressing the theme 'School Improvement: What does the research tell us about effective strategies?', the conference covers not only what schools can do to improve outcomes for students but also how they can do it most effectively.

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School improvement driven by culture and collaboration

When responsibility for professional development and school improvement lies with schools and school leaders, the building block of the school system is no longer a free-standing school but a cluster of schools in partnership, a conference in Sydney will today hear.

Cambridge University academic Professor David Hargreaves will this afternoon explain to delegates to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference how such clusters are pursuing school improvement in England.

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Personalising learning for school improvement

School improvement can be supported through a clinical approach in which teachers ‘diagnose’ individual student learning and provide appropriate ‘prescriptions’ for improvement, Professor Stephen Dinham will tell delegates to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference today.

More than 1200 teachers, policymakers and researchers are gathered in Sydney today for the 17th annual ACER Research Conference. Addressing the theme 'School Improvement: What does the research tell us about effective strategies?' the conference covers not only what schools can do to improve outcomes for students but also how they can do it most effectively.

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School improvement needs ‘no excuses’ approach

Schools that make significant improvements in student achievement invariably are led by people who believe in the possibility of high performance regardless of a school’s circumstances or students’ socioeconomic backgrounds, according to the chief executive of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), Professor Geoff Masters.

In his opening keynote address to the 17th annual ACER Research Conference in Sydney on Monday, Professor Masters will tell more than 1200 delegates that school leadership teams are in powerful positions to influence the quality of classroom teaching and learning.

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1200 minds to meet on school improvement

Teachers, policymakers and researchers will gather in Sydney next week to review not only what schools can do to improve outcomes for students but also how they can do it most effectively.

The 17th annual conference of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), on the theme 'School Improvement: What does the research tell us about effective strategies?', opens on Sunday. With more than 1200 delegates attending, it is ACER’s largest conference to date.

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Business and community leaders step up for schools

More than 180 business and community leaders will step up to support their local schools by participating in the annual Principal for a Day program taking place around Victoria this week, as well as during September and October.

By becoming a Principal for a Day, business and community leaders shadow the school principal in many aspects of a common school day, including in-depth management discussions, taking classes with students, talking with parents and teachers, or even doing canteen or yard duty.

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Check your inbox and have your say, university students urged

Students at Australian universities are being urged to check their inbox for a valuable invitation to have their say on the quality of their university experience, in what is set to be the nation’s largest ever survey of higher education.

The University Experience Survey (UES) is gathering feedback from around 400 000 first-year and final-year students from 40 universities on how active and engaged they are in learning, the support they experience from teachers and universities, and the degree to which they develop skills and knowledge.

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Australia achieves above OECD average tertiary participation: ACER research briefing

Australia’s higher education is more accessible than in many other OECD countries, especially when age is considered, according to a research briefing paper released today by ACER.

The ACER 'Joining the Dots' research briefing paper also revealed that Australia’s relatively high bachelor degree attainment levels are now above the OECD average. This is a recent phenomenon compared with other nations that have been achieving higher attainment for a number of generations.

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400 000 university students to have their say

Around 400 000 students from 40 universities are set to have their say on core aspects of their university experience, in what will potentially be Australia’s largest ever survey of higher education which opens this week.

The University Experience Survey (UES) is being conducted to help universities and government learn more about students’ experiences at university, and how they can improve teaching and learning.

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Focus on university teaching to maintain student learning standards

University academics need to be prepared for teaching if universities are to maintain high standards during the expansion and diversification of the higher education sector, according to a new book to be launched by ACER.

'University Teaching in Focus: A learning-centred approach', co-edited by the University of Western Australia’s Professor Lynne Hunt and Professor Denise Chalmers, will be launched at the conference of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED) in Thailand next week.

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Re-modelling special education

A Melbourne school is a pioneer and international leader in the field of special needs education, according to a new book being launched this afternoon by Victoria’s Minister for Education, the Hon Martin Dixon.

Published by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), 'An Extraordinary School: Re-modelling special education' tells the story of Port Phillip Specialist School, an innovative school catering for children aged two to eighteen years with a wide range of severe disabilities.

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Over $3-million available for school-community partnerships

NAB Schools First is encouraging schools to apply for a share of over $3-million in awards funding available to outstanding school-community partnerships throughout Australia, by applying online at schoolsfirst.edu.au before applications close on Friday June 29.

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Only 25% of students regularly walk to school

As children around Australia gear up for National Walk Safely to School Day tomorrow, research released today by ACER shows that while boys have slightly greater awareness of road safety rules, girls are more likely to obey them.

The research, by ACER Research Fellow Ms Catherine Underwood, examined whether walking to school has an effect on children’s physical activity and ability to move through their neighbourhood without adult supervision, also known as independent mobility.

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95% of staff in schools experienced workplace bullying

Over 95 per cent of staff in schools experienced some form of workplace bullying, with a zero tolerance approach needed to stamp out this behaviour, according to a book being launched in Sydney tomorrow by General Peter Cosgrove AC, MC.

Written by Dr Dan Riley, Dr Deirdre J Duncan and John Edwards, and published by ACER, 'Bullying of Staff in Schools' aims to assist school employees to understand the phenomenon of staff bullying, its existence, the forms it takes, and its impact on staff and their schools.

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National productivity linked to adult literacy and numeracy

Investment in increasing adult literacy and numeracy levels may be the key to boosting Australia’s productivity, delegates at the first national conference on adult language, literacy and numeracy assessment will be told tomorrow.

ACER has convened the National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conference in response to increasing national and state interest in addressing and improving the language, literacy and numeracy skills of Australian youth and adults participating in the vocational, education and training (VET) sector and in Australia’s workforce.

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Business potential lies untapped in schools

A focus on education business management is key to improving student outcomes, according to the author of an ACER Press book to be launched this week. In 'Above and Beyond the Bottom Line: The extraordinary evolution of the education business manager', Deakin University’s Professor Karen Starr argues ‘business’ can no longer be seen as a dirty word in education.

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Parents urged to develop maths in kids from birth

Parents, grandparents and early childhood educators should use play time to help develop mathematical concepts in young children, advise the authors of a new book published by ACER. In 'Young children learning mathematics: A guide for educators and families', Australian academics Robert Hunting, Judy Mousley and Bob Perry explore how adults can stimulate young children’s mathematical thinking from birth through to when they start school.

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Australia a key player in international higher education student market, but competition is building

Australia is a key player in international higher education student provision and is now ranked third in the world, according to the latest Joining the Dots research briefing released by ACER. Dr Daniel Edwards, ACER Senior Research Fellow, said Australia’s net flow of international students is one of the highest in the world, even when calculated in the context of the total size of the higher education sector.

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Opinion split on walking to school

A new study of neighbourhood satisfaction has revealed older residents believe it is safer for children to walk to school than the parents of primary school-aged children believe to be the case.
The study, by ACER Research Fellow Ms Catherine Underwood, examined survey responses from over 800 residents aged 60 years and over and from over 500 parents of students aged 5 to 12 years living in six Victorian municipalities.

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Don’t miss out on a scholarship for 2013

Parents risk having their children miss the opportunity to receive a scholarship to an independent school if they wait too long.  In 2012, ACER’s Cooperative Scholarship Testing Program (CSTP) test date has been brought forward and will now occur in February, instead of May as was the case in previous years.

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Future academics need encouragement to stay in Australia

The higher education sector must focus on creating roles for early career academics and retaining research graduates or it risks impeding Australia’s ability to meet its university attainment targets, according to an Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) research review paper.

In the seventh research briefing for the Joining the Dots series, ‘Where are the academics of tomorrow? Supply and demand issues for Australian universities’, ACER Senior Research Fellow Dr Daniel Edwards explored how the academic workforce is placed to cope with the forecast rise in student numbers that will result if university attainment targets are to be met.

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Mobile phones may help get kids active

19 December 2011: Children who know how to use a mobile phone, as opposed to those who don’t, are more likely to move about their neighbourhood without adult supervision, new research from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) suggests.

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ACER releases results of PISA 2009+ participant economies

• Costa Rica, Georgia, India (Himachal Pradesh & Tamil Nadu), Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Venezuela (Miranda), Moldova, United Arab Emirates
• Girls significantly outperform boys in reading

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Higher education student engagement under the microscope

Higher education experts and stakeholders have gathered in Melbourne this week to discuss challenges around student engagement and share strategic insights to further improve the quality of Australian higher education.

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ACER scholarship test reaches 50-year milestone

In 2012, ACER’s Cooperative Scholarship Testing Program (CSTP) will undertake its 50th testing cycle. The test date will be brought forward three months and will now occur in February.

Established in 1962, CSTP is an annual program of scholarship testing used by schools across Australia to select academically gifted students for the award of a scholarship. Approximately 150 independent schools currently use the service for entry into the first, middle or final years of secondary school.

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University retention and completion rates have improved

The retention rate for commencing bachelor degree students in Australia has increased from 81 per cent in 2001 to 84 per cent in 2009, while the completion rate has increased from 72% in 2005 to 80% in 2008, according to a research briefing released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

The ACER 'Joining the Dots' research briefing also noted that in the next few years new university enrolments are expected to come disproportionately from low socio-economic status (SES) groups that are historically under-represented.

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ACER resource aims to build resilience in dyslexic students

A new ACER Press resource being launched in Melbourne tomorrow aims to assist students who have dyslexia to develop more effective coping skills and feel a greater sense of well being.

Success and Dyslexia: Sessions for coping in the upper primary years, by Melbourne-based academics Dr Nola Firth and Associate Professor Erica Frydenberg, is an evidence-based program that assists students with dyslexia to increase their ability to take control of and cope with the problems that occur in their lives.  It is estimated that one in ten students in Australia have dyslexia.

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NAPLAN results show importance of early learning, says ACER

This year’s NAPLAN results highlight the importance of providing all children with good early learning opportunities, according to Professor Geoff Masters, Chief Executive of the Australian Council for Educational Research.

“The greatest gains in literacy and numeracy levels between 2008 and 2011 in Australia occurred among Year 3 children in Queensland, following the introduction of a Prep year in that state,” Professor Masters said.

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Principals hand reins to business, community leaders

Around 100 community and business leaders will take the reins at Victoria’s state schools tomorrow as part of the annual Principal for a Day program.

Principal for a Day is a partnership between the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD).

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Teaching and learning oral language skills

More than one in every five children entering primary school lacks the oral language skills necessary for successful school learning, particularly in literacy and numeracy, according to the author of an ACER Press book being launched in Melbourne on Thursday.

Teaching Oral Language: Building a firm foundation using ICPALER in the early primary years by Dr John Munro, Head of Studies in Exceptional Learning and Gifted Education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne, provides schools and teachers with an explicit guide for teaching and monitoring oral language development.

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Closing the gap in school completion rates for Indigenous students

The Year 12 retention rate for Indigenous students is steadily increasing, according to a presentation to be given at the ACER Research Conference today.

Kate Connors, Senior Adviser to the COAG Reform Council, will present findings showing that between 1995 and 2009 the retention rate to Year 12 increased from 30.7 per cent to 45.4 per cent, an increase of 1.2 per cent each year. The average annual increase was 0.3 per cent for non-Indigenous students. There was exceptional improvement in NT and SA.

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Community input needed to improve Indigenous student engagement

A focus on engagement, attendance and retention could help improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, Australian Council for Educational Research researchers Dr Sarah Buckley and Ms Stephanie Armstrong will tell delegates to the ACER Research Conference today.

“We know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students on average have a lower level of participation in education than non-Aboriginal Australians, but we need to know more about why,” Ms Armstrong said, speaking ahead of the conference.

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Education systems must bridge Indigenous and Western worlds

Education for Indigenous students must complement, not overwrite, Indigenous wisdom and values, a Canadian expert will tell delegates to the ACER Research Conference today.

Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning Professor Lorna Williams, of the University of Victoria, British Columbia, will draw parallels between the education of Indigenous peoples in Canada and Australia.

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Education key to improving Indigenous health and life expectancy

Collaboration between education and health systems is necessary to break the cycle of disadvantage for many Indigenous Australians, experts will tell delegates to the Australian Council for Educational Research conference on Tuesday 9 August.

Professors Jonathan Carapetis and Sven Silburn of the Menzies School of Health Research will speak on the factors influencing educational outcomes for Indigenous students and their implications for planning and practice in the Northern Territory.

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Closing the gap not enough

Closing the current gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous student outcomes is not enough, and planning must prevent a future digital divide from developing, Adelaide University Dean of Aboriginal Education Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney will tell delegates to the ACER Research Conference today.

“Current education policy, with good cause, is firmly fixed on closing education gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. Meanwhile, however, schools which already teach 21st-century skills are moving further ahead,” Professor Rigney said, speaking ahead of the conference.

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Successful post-school transitions for Indigenous youth

Approaches to improving education for Indigenous students should take a bottom-up approach, building on successful classroom and community programs to inform policy, Australian Council for Educational Research researchers Justin Brown and Gina Milgate will tell delegates to the ACER Research Conference on Monday 8 August 2011.

Brown and Milgate, whose presentation to the conference will focus on successful post-school transitions for Indigenous youth, said that community engagement and input were vital.

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Two way teaching and learning key to educational equity

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students’ educational outcomes will only be improved when teaching and learning become part of an equal and genuine cultural exchange, according to a new book published by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

In 'Two Way Teaching and Learning: Towards culturally reflective and relevant education', co-editors Hannah Rachel Bell, ACER Principal Research Fellow Dr Nola Purdie and ACER Indigenous Liaison Officer Gina Milgate highlight the overriding need for Australian people and educational systems to better engage with communities and elders in order to address the underlying issues that face Indigenous people from socially and culturally diverse backgrounds.

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Respect and research key to Indigenous educational success

Australia can achieve sustainable education outcomes for Indigenous students through changes in attitudes and teaching practices, Charles Sturt University’s Foundation Chair of Indigenous Studies Professor Jeannie Herbert will tell the Australian Council for Educational Research annual conference today.

Speaking ahead of the conference, Professor Herbert said that all Australians needed to make a concerted effort to create more positive attitudes toward education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

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Focus on primary school key to closing the gap

Understanding why some Indigenous students perform well in primary school and others do not could be the key to improving education for all students, Australian Council for Educational Research research fellow Dr Kate Reid will tell delegates to the ACER Research Conference today.

Dr Reid will be reporting on the Longitudinal Literacy and Numeracy Study for Indigenous Students.

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Early years support key to improving education for Indigenous children

Better preparation of Indigenous children for school is key to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous student outcomes, Australian Council for Educational Research chief executive Professor Geoff Masters will tell delegates to the ACER Research Conference on Monday.

Speaking ahead of the conference, Professor Masters said that supporting the learning of Indigenous students was one of the biggest challenges facing Australian education, but that research suggested ways to improve outcomes for Indigenous students.

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Indigenous Education: Pathways to success

Teachers, policymakers and researchers will gather in Darwin next week to review research about creating and sustaining positive educational outcomes for Indigenous students and debate how lessons learned from this research can be put into practice.

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference opens on Sunday.

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Teachers must prepare students for using mathematics in the real world

Effective mathematics teachers encourage students to see the world numerically and interpret everyday information mathematically, according to a review of research released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

Teaching Mathematics: Using research informed strategies by Monash University academic Professor Peter Sullivan, contends that in order to meet the demands of adult life, students need mathematical knowledge that is flexible and adaptable.

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ACER announces new head of division

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Michael J Timms to the role of Director, Assessment and Psychometric Research. Dr Timms will head one of two ACER research divisions created following the retirement of Dr John Ainley in 2010. Dr Sue Thomson has already been appointed to head the Educational Monitoring and Research Division.

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Submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) made a submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Education and Training Committee’s Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students in May 2011.  The submission focuses mostly on one aspect of the terms of reference: the identification of gifted and talented students.  

In the submission, ACER notes that the identification of students with high academic potential is key to the proper targeting of programs and pathways aimed at providing appropriate teaching and learning opportunities for academically able students.  In order to identify these students, teachers, schools and systems need to use effectively targeted, research-based assessment instruments as part of the formal process of identification.

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Regenerating the Academic Workforce

Results from the largest survey of Australian research students ever undertaken show that more than half of all research students in Australia plan to forge a career as an academic. However, the survey findings also reveal that the next wave of Australian academics feels their degree leaves them unprepared for teaching roles within universities.

The National Research Student Survey (NRSS) was conducted in June 2010 across 38 of Australia’s 39 universities and attracted responses from almost 12 000 students currently enrolled in PhD or Masters by Research courses.  The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) worked in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Higher Education to conduct the survey on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

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Decrease in number of students considering dropping out of university

There has been a decrease in the number of university students who are considering leaving university before graduation, according to a new report released by the Australian Council for Educational Research.

Dropout DNA, and the genetics of effective support, the latest research briefing from the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE), was released today.

The number of first-year students who seriously considered leaving university before graduation decreased from 35 to 27 per cent between 2008 and 2010. The number of later-year students increased, however, from 31 to 34 per cent between 2008 and 2010.

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Aptitude testing in university admissions

An Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) report released this week by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations calls for the wider use of aptitude testing to ensure that senior secondary students with the capacity to do well at university are able to gain admission.

Report co-author, ACER Higher Education Research Director, Associate Professor Hamish Coates said there is a need to develop new approaches to university selection that are simple and transparent for prospective students, and that maintain practical benefits for institutions.

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Indigenous students highly engaged with university study

Indigenous university students experience similar or higher levels of satisfaction and engagement with learning than their non-Indigenous peers, according to the latest briefing paper from the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE).

The new analysis also reveals that Indigenous students rate their relationships with other students and teaching staff just as positively as non-Indigenous students do and are significantly more likely to report positive relationships with administrative staff.

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Study provides first insight into coursework postgrad student engagement

Results from a new study of coursework postgraduate students’ engagement in education suggest that, while coursework postgraduates in Australasia tend to have higher levels of engagement than undergraduate students, Australian and New Zealand higher education providers could do more to improve student and staff interactions and provide enriching educational experiences.

More than 10 000 students from 15 higher education providers in Australia and New Zealand participated in the first administration of the Postgraduate Survey of Student Engagement (POSSE) in 2010. A research briefing on the results was released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

ACER Senior Research Fellow Dr Daniel Edwards said POSSE is the first major effort to collect meaningful data from postgraduate coursework students in Australia and New Zealand.

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Study reveals nature of school-community partnerships

An analysis of applications for the inaugural NAB Schools First awards, reveals almost all (98 per cent) of the 801 applications for ‘Impact Award’ made by primary and secondary schools from around Australia in 2009 were said to have benefited students.
The analysis of information provided by schools in their applications, conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), has created a rich database of information into why schools are forming partnerships with business and community groups, what kinds of partnerships are being formed, and what impact these partnerships are having in improving outcomes for students.

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New research to investigate if millions are hitting the target

New research to investigate if millions are hitting the target

Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC will launch a national first investigation of the links between philanthropy and education in Melbourne on Wednesday.

The three-year Leading Learning in Education and Philanthropy (LLEAP) project will explore whether the full potential of funding and partnerships available to Australian schools is being achieved.

Project Leader, Dr Michelle Anderson of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) said, while there is a long history of philanthropy in Australian education, some mystery surrounds how schools access and use philanthropic grants.

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Call to embed Arts in all curriculum areas

As Australia moves towards the implementation of a national curriculum in the Arts, a new review of research, released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), calls for the Arts to be embedded in all academic disciplines and fields as a way of cultivating creativity and imagination.

Australian Education Review 58, The Arts and Australian Education: Realising potential by University of Sydney academic Professor Robyn Ewing stresses that the Arts (dance, drama, literature, media arts, music and visual arts) must not be seen as servants to other curriculum areas.

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PISA identifies challenges for Australian education

The reading literacy of Australian 15-year-old students has fallen sharply over the past decade results from the 2009 administration of the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) reveal.

The Australian national report, released this evening by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), shows Australia’s results have also slipped in mathematics but held ground in science.

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PISA 2009 National Report

Australian results from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2009 were released at 21:00 AEDT on 7 December 2010.

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Bulldogs learn new tricks from school principals

Western Bulldogs Football Club officials will learn some new tricks this week when they become Principal for a Day at local schools.

Bulldogs Chief Commercial Officer and former player Simon Garlick will spend Wednesday 1 December at St Albans Primary School where he will shadow the school principal in her day-to-day activities and discuss the challenges and current issues each faces in their leadership roles.

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Fewer first years consider dropping out

Fewer first-year university students are considering dropping out of their course, new research from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) shows.

Results from the largest survey of current university students ever undertaken in Australia reveal the number of students seriously thinking about abandoning their studies has declined from 35 per cent in 2008 and 30 per cent in 2009 to 27 per cent in 2010.  

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Setting primary course for university study

Initial findings released today from the largest survey of current Australian university students ever undertaken suggest that most students set a course for university much earlier than usually expected.

The survey, conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in August, involved around 55 000 students at 55 tertiary institutions. As part of a wider survey on student engagement with tertiary study they were asked when they had first considered attending university and what had influenced their course selection.

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Skilled migrants more productive but stressed

Changes to welfare policy and selection criteria for skilled migration have led to selection of immigrants with better potential to succeed in the labour market but poorer psychological wellbeing, the Monash University-ACER Centre for the Economics of Education and Training (CEET)  2010 Annual Conference will hear tomorrow.

CEET Research Fellow, Dr Weiping Kostenko, will discuss the effects of changed migration policy on assimilation of Australian skilled migrants by comparing employment and mental health outcomes of immigrants arriving in Australia four years prior to the 1997 government-initiated major review of skilled migration with immigrants arriving two years after the review.

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Education and training for a more productive Australia

The Annual Conference of the Monash University-ACER Centre for the Economics of Education and Training (CEET) will be held in Melbourne on Friday 29 October.

This year’s theme is ‘Education and training for a more productive Australia’. The conference will consider education and training policies in the context of changes in the Australian population, workforce and economy.

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ACER announces new Research Division Heads

The Chief Executive of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Professor Geoff Masters today announced the appointment of two senior educational researchers who will head newly-established ACER research divisions.

The new appointments are Dr Sue Thomson who becomes Head of ACER’s Educational Monitoring and Research Division and Dr Khoo Siek Toon who becomes Acting Head of ACER’s Assessment and Psychometric Research Division.

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VET sector faces leadership succession crisis

The Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector needs strategies for managing the looming leadership succession crisis, according to a new report

VET Leadership for the Future by the LH Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) predicts large-scale staff departure over the next few decades.

Associate Professor Hamish Coates co-authored the report, which draws together reviews, prior research and a national survey of 327 practicing VET leaders. He says the current selection process for VET leaders needs to be revised against evidence of effective leadership capabilities.

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Business and community leaders build partnerships with schools

The Principal for a Day collaboration between Victorian Government schools and their communities will celebrate its 10th anniversary on 24 August when more than 100 business and community leaders take the reins of schools across the state.

The 2010 Principals for a Day include The Hon John Brumby, Premier of Victoria; The Hon Bronwyn Pike, Minister for Education;  The Hon Ted Baillieu, Leader of the Opposition; Susie Babani, Group Managing Director HR, ANZ Bank; Jodi Cryan, Head of Schools First at National Australia Bank; Patrick Coleman, Director Policy, Business Council of Australia; Steven Staikos, Mayor of the City of Kingston; Scott Rossetti, Mayor, Wellington Shire Council; Gabriel Gaté, International Chef and Author; Ian Allen, Trustee, the Pratt Foundation; and Jeannette Powell, State Member for Shepparton.

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Success in maths adds up to personal power

Students’ attitudes to mathematics can determine their success or failure, and ultimately their social status as adults, according to emeritus professor of the philosophy of mathematics education at Exeter University in the United Kingdom Paul Ernest.

Professor Ernest will speak about the social outcomes of learning maths at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) conference in Melbourne today.

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Counting is not the only way to add up

Counting is not the only way that children can solve arithmetic problems a mathematics conference in Melbourne will hear today.

In a presentation to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference Robert Reeve, Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne, will describe how Indigenous children from remote areas of the Northern Territory were able to add successfully by reproducing a pattern from memory.

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Fundamental maths competencies often overlooked

Six competencies that are fundamental to the development of ‘mathematical literacy’, or a person’s ability to apply their mathematical knowledge to practical situations, was presented at the ACER Research Conference in Melbourne earlier today.

The competencies are communication, mathematising, representation, reasoning, devising strategies, and using symbolic, formal and technical language and operations.

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Culture and language must be considered in mathematics learning

Planning for quality learning in maths must take culture, language, attendance and core mathematical understanding into consideration to help Indigenous learners succeed, according to a paper presented earlier today at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference in Melbourne.

Griffith University Professor of Education, Robyn Jorgensen, told conference delegates that Indigenous students may have gaps in their mathematical understanding, lower attendance rates, culture and languages that are significantly different from that of mainstream schools.

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Mathematics teaching and learning to reach beyond the basics

Mathematics teachers and textbooks should provide more instruction on reasoning to encourage learning that goes beyond the basics, University of Melbourne Foundation Professor of Mathematics Education Kaye Stacey will tell the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) conference on Tuesday.

In the opening keynote address on day two of the annual research conference, Professor Stacey will draw on her research into mathematical reasoning and suggest why and how it should be given a more prominent place in Australian mathematics classrooms.

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Technology must partner not serve mathematics learning

Digital technology should be a partner to learning mathematics rather than a servant by becoming a substitute for work done with a pencil and paper according to a University of Queensland academic.

In her address to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference in Melbourne on Monday, Professor Merrilyn Goos will discuss the ways in which research, classroom practice and curriculum policy in the use of digital technologies line up with each other and inform each other.

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Mathematics curriculum must address ‘spectacular’ student diversity

A leading American expert in mathematics education will tell delegates to a Melbourne conference on Monday that curriculum standards set for students are written as an  ‘immaculate progression’ but in reality students arrive each day with a spectacular variety of mathematical biographies. More consideration must be given to the diversity among students.

Philip Daro, one of three leading the writing of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics in the United States is visiting Australia to deliver a keynote address to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference. Each state in the U.S. has had its own standards until now. The CCSS have been adopted by over 30 states.

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English restricts the language of mathematics

The international mathematics education community’s capacity to study, understand and enact classroom practice is constrained by the dominance of the English language, Professor David Clarke will tell the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference in Melbourne today.

In the opening keynote address Professor Clarke, the Director of the International Centre for Classroom Research at the University of Melbourne, will tell delegates that the emergence of English as the ‘lingua franca’ has restricted international access to some of the subtle and sophisticated concepts used by mathematics teachers and teacher educators in non-English speaking countries.

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Low expectations lead to under-performance in mathematics education

Low expectations are contributing to the under-performance of Australian students in school mathematics according to the chief executive of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), Professor Geoff Masters.

In his opening address to this year’s ACER Research Conference, ‘Teaching Mathematics? Make it Count’, in Melbourne on Monday, Professor Masters will tell almost 800 delegates that school mathematics is widely perceived as difficult, obscure and of limited relevance to many students.

“There appears to be a belief that only a small percentage of students can excel in mathematics,” Professor Masters said speaking ahead of the conference.

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Making mathematics teaching count

Teachers, policy makers and researchers will gather in Melbourne next week to review state-of-the-art research in mathematics education and debate how lessons learned from this research can be put into practice.

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference opens on Monday. The conference is a sell out and, with around 800 delegates, one of ACER’s largest ever conferences.

ACER’s chief executive Professor Geoff Masters says the theme of this year’s conference was chosen to highlight that mathematics education is an area of high priority in Australia.

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ACER to lead global higher learning study

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is set to lead the first global assessment of higher education students’ knowledge and skills.

ACER will head a group of international organisations to conduct a feasibility study into the Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO), run by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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Survey to quiz 300,000 on engagement with learning

In August around 300,000 students and over 10,000 teaching staff will be invited to report on their engagement with learning and many of the broader, more enriching aspects of higher education by taking part in the 2010 Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE).

The survey will involve students and staff from 54 higher education institutions – 32 Australian universities, seven New Zealand universities, and 15 other higher education providers.

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Turning up and tuning in key to Indigenous education

Indigenous students are performing well below the Australian average in international tests and student attitudes, behaviours and backgrounds could provide some of the keys to understanding this, according to a report launched today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).
The report is based on findings from all three completed cycles of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which is managed nationally by ACER. 

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Uni students lacking staff contact

The largest ever survey of current higher education students in Australia and New Zealand has revealed worrying findings about interactions between students and their teachers.
The 2009 Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE) involved over 30,000 students from 35 higher education institutions. A public report on the results was released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

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Students improve computer skills but gaps in achievement remain

The latest findings of the National Assessment Program- ICT Literacy, conducted for the Australian government by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) reveal mixed results in Australian students’ proficiency with computers.

A nationally representative sample of approximately 11 000 students from around 600 schools across Australia completed computer-based assessments in October and November 2008. This was the second administration of the national assessment, which was first carried out in 2005. Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Julia Gillard released a detailed report on the 2008 national assessment on 22 April.

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Kids who walk are on track to better health

Children who walk to school are more physically active in their day-to-day activities around their neighbourhood than those children who are driven to school, a new study finds.

The study, undertaken for VicHealth by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), also suggests that children who walk to school are significantly more connected with their local community.

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Improving learning for 80 years

80 years ago, on 1 April 1930, two staff members, Ken Cunningham, the inaugural chief executive and secretary Mary Campbell, established ACER's first office in two rooms of the T&G building on the corner of Collins and Russell Streets in central Melbourne. By the end of the 1930s ACER's total staff had expanded to five.

From that humble beginning ACER has grown into one of the world's leading educational research bodies with an expanding national and international presence. Eight decades after the organisation was founded, ACER has more than 300 staff working in offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Dubai and Delhi. This article briefly outlines the ACER journey.

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Social networking provides new opportunities for learning

Information Communication technologies (ICT) including social networking and games provide new opportunities for education a review of research released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) argues.

But, according to Australian Education Review 56, the ‘off the shelf’ mentality which currently underpins the provision of computers in Australian schools may be stifling rather than enhancing innovation.

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More still needed in overhaul of early childhood education

The radical overhaul of Australia’s preschool sector will require better legislating for the sector and increasing the number of early childhood education teachers, according to a policy paper released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

The policy brief, Preschool Education in Australia, summarises the current structure of preschool in Australian in contemplation of major policy shifts announced by the Commonwealth. It follows a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) commitment last year to a “radical makeover” of the preschool sector.

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Recent attrition rates confirm AUSSE findings

It comes as no surprise that one in five first-year Australian students drop out of university, says Principal Research Fellow Hamish Coates of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

National university attrition rates released this week by the federal government only confirm the April findings of the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE) that as many as one in three students across the country seriously considers leaving university during their first year of study.

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School system designed for past won’t prepare young Australians for the future

To prepare for the future young Australians need an education that is holistic, flexible and encompasses a commitment to both work and life a new review of research concludes.

But, according to Australian Education Review 55, released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), there is emerging consensus that a school system designed to meet the needs of Australia in the past cannot prepare today’s youth adequately for future challenges.

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Students take aptitude test in bid for university places

Three of Australia’s leading universities will next week administer an aptitude test to identify candidates with the potential to succeed at university who may otherwise have been overlooked.

Flinders University will hold a sitting of uniTEST on 30 November. The Australian National University (ANU) will hold its sitting on 1 December followed by Macquarie University on 7 December to select students for their 2010 intake. Close to 700 candidates will take part.

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Language learning must focus on personal not economic benefits

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 a new review of research released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

Releasing the review, ACER Chief Executive Professor Geoff Masters said that even limited contact with a second language can have a positive effect by supporting and illuminating students’ knowledge of their first language.

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Business and community leaders build partnerships with schools

This year’s Principal for a Day program will help to develop partnerships between businesses, the wider community and government schools. Victoria’s event is to be held on 25 August.

One hundred primary, secondary and special schools in metropolitan and regional Victoria will be matched with business and community leaders who will become their ‘Principal for a Day’.

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Business and community leaders build partnerships with schools

This year’s Principal for a Day program will help to develop partnerships between businesses, the wider community and government schools. Victoria’s event is to be held on 25 August.

One hundred primary, secondary and special schools in metropolitan and regional Victoria will be matched with business and community leaders who will become their ‘Principal for a Day’.

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High regard for education a key to Finland’s success

Likely reasons behind Finland’s continued success in international tests of student achievement will be presented to a leading education conference in Perth today.

Professor Patrik Scheinin from the University of Helsinki will present the case of the Finnish comprehensive school to discuss strategic questions of educational policy, teacher education and teaching in a keynote address to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference.

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Student literacy doubles in schools that use assessment data to improve teaching

Student literacy developed at more than double the expected rate in schools that used student assessment results to improve teaching practice, University of Auckland Professor of Education Helen Timperley will tell the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference today.

Professor Timperley’s research looked at 300 New Zealand schools that took part in a professional development program on how to interpret and use student assessment results over a period of two years.

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Culture-fair assessment issues examined

A greater emphasis on more ‘culturally inclusive’ assessment and teaching methods for Indigenous students may help to address their pattern of under-achievement in national benchmark data and international testing programs according to a paper to be presented at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) conference in Perth.

The presentation, by Professor Val Klenowski from Queensland University of Technology and Ms Thelma Gertz of the Catholic Education Office Townsville, is based on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage research project examining equity issues as they relate to the validity and fairness of assessment practices.

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Whatever the source - assessment data can inform teaching and learning

While some educators argue that information from system-wide tests is not useful for improving learning, good quality data from a range of sources can and should be used to inform teaching, according to a paper to be presented at the ACER Research Conference in Perth today.

“What matters is the quality rather than the source of information,“ says Dr Margaret Forster, Research Director of the Assessment and Reporting Research Program at ACER. “And that means the diagnostic power of the assessment – the power of the assessment to illuminate strengths and weaknesses in students’ understandings. Informative assessment, assessment that can drive teaching and learning, bypasses the division between assessment of learning and for learning.“

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National assessment data meaningful for schools

National assessment programs are useful for improving education, University of Western Australia Dean of Education Professor Helen Wildy will tell the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference on Tuesday.

Professor Wildy has drawn on the experience of several projects conducted in WA over the last 10 years that have aimed to improve the skills of primary and secondary school teachers and leaders to interpret the results of student assessment in meaningful ways.

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Call to reconsider A to E school reports

It is time to reconsider the widespread practice of reporting school achievements as A to E grades according to the chief executive of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Professor Geoff Masters.

In the opening keynote address to ACER’s annual research conference in Perth on Monday, Professor Masters will tell delegates that the use of A to E grades, together with some other common approaches to assessing what is learned in schools, run the risk of being inconsistent with what is known about the best ways to promote student learning.

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Research Conference 2009

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Schools First award applications now open

Applications are now open for a new and exciting awards initiative designed to reward excellence in school-community partnerships. Schools are invited to apply for a Schools First award that will help them build strong partnerships with groups and organisations in their local communities.

Research shows that strong school–community partnerships can make a positive contribution to young people’s educational outcomes, including improved skills, greater engagement with learning, more positive attitudes, and improved transitions into the workforce, further education or training.

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Indigenous students face substantial disadvantage

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, released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), Indigenous students remain overrepresented at the lower levels and underrepresented at the upper levels of proficiency. Performance of Indigenous students has not improved over time.

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Feedback on student engagement can improve higher education says ACER

Meaningful feedback on student engagement in higher education can be used to help institutions to attract and retain students and support students’ learning, education experts will tell the 2009 Student Engagement Forum this week.

The Forum, to be hosted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and La Trobe University in Melbourne on Thursday, will feature keynote speaker Indiana University’s Professor George Kuh, the Founding Director of the United States’ National Survey of Student Engagement.

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Queensland Government accepts recommendations of Masters Review

The Queensland Government announced on 29 June that it had accepted all five key recommendations from a review of the state’s primary school education conducted by ACER’s chief executive, Professor Geoff Masters.

Professor Masters made the recommendations in a report, A Shared Challenge: Improving Literacy, Numeracy and Science Learning in Queensland Primary Schools, which was delivered to the Queensland Government in late April.

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Masters warns against school league tables

Australia must avoid the allure of simple but potentially misleading approaches to comparing the performances of schools, according to the chief executive of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), Professor Geoff Masters.

Speaking in Sydney ahead of the first in a series of nation-wide seminars for school leaders on the use of student achievement data, Professor Masters said Australia had the opportunity to learn from overseas experience and avoid simple but problematic approaches to the construction of school league tables.

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University students living on campus more engaged, says AUSSE

University students who live on campus are more engaged, feel more supported, and have better general development, according to the latest briefing paper from the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE).

More than 25,000 students from 29 Australian and New Zealand universities participated in the latest cycle of the AUSSE. About nine per cent of the Australian students surveyed indicated that they lived on campus in a university college or hall of residence.

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Uni degrees pay off in workforce for men more than women

Men are more likely than women to gain highly-paid, full-time work after completing university, according to a new study conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

The Graduate Pathways Survey, conducted by ACER for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, canvassed more than 9,000 bachelor degree graduates five years into their careers.

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One in three tertiary students considers non-completion, says AUSSE

A third of Australian and New Zealand tertiary students seriously consider leaving their institutions before graduation, according to results from a new study of student engagement released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

A representative sample of more than 25,000 students from 29 Australian and New Zealand universities participated in the latest cycle of the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE), conducted in 2008 – the largest and most advanced survey of its kind.

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Pre-school must have educational focus, says UK early learning expert

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Early years care must improve teaching strategies, says childhood learning expert

Early years education systems must focus on effective teaching and learning strategies and improving staff qualifications to ensure successful outcomes for all children, Professor Collette Tayler will tell educators in a series of seminars for the Australian Council for Educational Research in March and April.

Professor Tayler, Chair of Early Childhood Education and Care in the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education, will stress that in terms of the overall education debate, nothing matters more, or has more long term impact on education outcomes, than the provision of quality education in the early years.

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ACER named ‘Employer of Choice for Women’

ACER has been awarded Employer of Choice for Women status by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA). ACER is one of 111 Australian employers to receive the citation today.

ACER was awarded the citation on the basis of its existing policies and practices that were shown to support women across the organisation and have a positive outcome for both women and the business.

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Transform schools through powerful learning, urges UK education expert

Everyone agrees that schools should be preparing all young people to be lifelong learners – but, Professor Guy Claxton wants to know, what does lifelong learning mean to a 37-year-old hairdresser in Bacchus Marsh?

UK education expert, professor of learning sciences and co-director of the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester, Professor Claxton will bring his brand of “real-world learning” to Australia for a seminar hosted by the Australian Council for Educational Research in March.

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Victorian bushfires claim leading educational researcher

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is mourning the loss of Dr Ken Rowe who died in Victoria’s recent bushfires. Dr Rowe was alone at his family’s property in Marysville when the town was devastated by fire.

“Ken’s loss is being deeply felt not only by colleagues at ACER where he had worked for eight years, but across the entire education community,” said ACER Chief Executive Professor Geoff Masters. “We are all simply devastated by this awful news.”

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Schools do matter, say ACER education experts

Education systems must overcome ‘biological social determinism’ to focus on student learning, Professor Steve Dinham of the Australian Council for Educational Research will tell education leaders in a series of seminars next week.

“Many people today, including practicing teachers, still subscribe, consciously or subconsciously, to various forms of biological social determinism, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary,” says Professor Dinham, Research Director of ACER’s Teaching, Learning and Leadership research program.

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LSAY 55: Varying pay-offs to post school education and training

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Accountability and transparency key to education quality

An approach that measures educational ‘outputs’ through student, school and teacher assessment is needed to ensure accountability in the education system, says a new paper from the Australian Council for Educational Research.

The paper, Output Measurement in Education, by ACER Principal Research Fellow Dr Andrew Dowling, is the latest in a series of policy papers released by ACER.

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Vale Professor Peter Karmel

Staff of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) have been saddened by the passing of former Chair of the ACER Council, Professor Peter Karmel, AC, who died on 30 December at the age of 86.

Professor Karmel played a very significant role in the history and development of ACER. He was a member of ACER Council for more than 30 years, from 1968 to 1999, and Chair of the Council from 1979 to 1999.

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uniTEST - Four universities take part in national student aptitude test trial

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International mathematics and science study shows mixed results for Australia

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New report on Indigenous language in schools

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Global economic crisis may affect education exports

The current economic crisis has the potential to reverse, or at least slow down, the growth of international student numbers in Australia, according to a paper presented to a conference on the economics of education in Melbourne today.

International education contributed $12.5 billion in export income to the Australian economy in 2007, up 17% since 2006. Education is the third largest export sector behind coal and iron ore. Universities rely on international student fees for about 15% of their funding. Around 18% of Australia’s tertiary enrolments are by international students – well above the OECD average of 7%. Among the other OECD countries only New Zealand (16%), the United Kingdom (14%) and Switzerland (14%) come close to the Australian proportion.

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ACER Research Monograph 63 released

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Early school leavers take up education, training and employment

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Study into the Assessment and Reporting of Employability Skills of Senior Secondary students report

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School careers advice well received by students

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Schools First launched

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VET programs boost employment prospects

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Business-education relationships on schools agenda

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Social and civic skills key for future workforce

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Secondary school reform to lower youth unemployment

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Teaching citizenship skills may prevent civil conflict

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X, Y and Z: Research charts education across three generations

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Market-based policies not best for education and training

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Students must meet minimum standards to complete schooling, says ACER CEO

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Educators urged to respond to ‘civilisational challenge’

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Career preferences don’t match workforce needs, says vocational expert

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Research Conference 2008

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Special Address by Julia Gillard

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Practise what we preach, says leadership study

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Business Council of Australia paper released

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Better focus required on principal career paths and roles

Building communities of professional learners is the key to meeting Australia’s school leadership challenge a new review of research has concluded.

The Australian Education review 53: The Leadership Challenge: Improving learning in schools, written by University of Tasmania researcher Professor Bill Mulford, was released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

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Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE) report

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2008 Employer of Choice for Women

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ACER welcomes National Curriculum Board

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Australian Country Background Report for the OECD Improving School Leadership Activity

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Release of policy paper on school funding

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ACER and VIF Program give Australian teachers a chance to grow professionally in the U.S

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National Assessment Program - ICT Literacy Years 6 and 10 Report

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Staff in Australia’s Schools Survey 2007

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Australasian first in research on higher education

Twenty-five Australian and New Zealand universities have received results from the first-ever Australasian study of student engagement in higher education.

The Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE), conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), measures whether students are interacting with their institutions in the most educationally productive ways.

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PISA 2006 National Report

Australian results from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2006 were released at 20:00 AEDT on 4 December 2007.
Media releases

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PISA shows Indigenous students continue to struggle

The latest results from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) show a continuing wide gap in academic achievement between Australia’s Indigenous and non Indigenous students with very little improvement since PISA was first conducted in 2000.

The results from PISA 2006 were released today by the OECD in Paris with an Australian national report released simultaneously by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

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Australian students perform well in science, but many below OECD baseline

A global study involving more than 400,000 15-year-olds in 57 countries provides the latest report card on Australia’s progress in providing a world-class education system.

Newly released results from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2006 show that, while the scientific literacy levels of Australian 15-year-olds are significantly above the OECD average, and either similar to or higher than most of our trading partners, many students in this country continue to struggle.

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Literacy research must look to the past

An overly negative view of literacy and reluctance to take account of history has limited research and led indirectly to the advancement of some unproductive ideas about literacy, according to a new review of research on literacy education released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

Written by University of Sydney Professorial Research Fellow Peter Freebody, Australian Education Review 52 aims to expand our understanding of literacy at a time when public and private lives have become increasingly literacy dependent, and literacy demands more complex and sophisticated.

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Identifying dangers in the world of ‘Cyberia’

The greatest danger to children and teens online comes from their own peers according to leading adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg.

Dr Carr-Gregg, in conjunction with ACER’s Leadership Centre, is conducting a national seminar series that will explore the world of ‘Cyberia’ and how today’s youth live there. The sem

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Aptitude test trial to proceed

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has been contracted to conduct stage one of the Federal Government’s pilot Student Aptitude

Test for Tertiary Admission (SATTA). ACER will use uniTEST, which was developed in conjunction with Cambridge Assessment, during the trial.

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It’s on for young and old at the 2007 CEET annual conference

The Annual Conference of the Monash University-ACER Centre for the Economics of Education and Training (CEET) will be held in Melbourne on Thursday 1 November, Ascot House, 50 Fenton St, Ascot Vale, Melbourne.

This year's theme is It’s on for young and old: Education and training policies for young and older persons. The conference will consider education and training policies in the context of changes in the Australian population, workforce and economy.

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Leaders exchange expertise through Principal for a Day

Improved partnerships between schools, businesses and the community are expected to be key outcomes of the Principal for a Day event to be held on 31 August.

This year’s program will involve 84 “Principals for a Day” matched with school leaders in primary, secondary and special schools in metropolitan and regional Victoria. Honorary principals new to the program include Victorian Education Minister Bronwyn Pike, Victorian Treasurer John Lenders, his Federal counterpart Peter Costello and President of the Western Bulldogs Football Club David Smorgon. Repeat participants include ABC radio presenter Jon Faine, celebrity chef Gabriel Gate, Australian Television Foundation CEO Jenny Buckland, and Australian Council for Educational Research CEO Professor Geoff Masters.

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School leaders must focus on teaching and learning

The more school leaders focus their influence, their learning and their relationships with teachers on the core business of teaching and learning, the grater their likely influence on student outcomes. This is among the findings from a review of published research to be presented to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Professor Viviane Robinson of the University of Auckland will deliver a keynote address on research that focused on identifying the relative impact of different types of leadership on student outcomes.

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Good education depends on shared values

A shared moral purpose and a sense of community values are fundamental necessities for effective education, says Australian Catholic University academic Michael Bezzina. He will present the findings of his study into the connection between moral purpose and shared leadership at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference in Melbourne.

According to the study, an explicit, shared moral purpose is needed to bring about the kind of change and improvement that will deliver desirable student learning in schools. 

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The best principals are both demanding and responsive

Schools that focus only on being more responsive to students without also setting high expectations and demands are making a fundamental mistake according to a paper to be delivered today at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference in Melbourne.

Professor Stephen Dinham will tell delegates that educational leadership, like teaching and life generally, is heavily dependent on relationships.

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Leadership standards the key to preparing better principals

Australia must implement school leadership standards if it wants well-prepared principals, say experts from one of the world’s leading educational research centres.

Dr Lawrence Ingvarson and Michelle Anderson, Research Fellows at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), will present the findings of their international review of leadership standards to the ACER annual research conference on Monday.

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Understanding student motivation a key to raising academic standards

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Education reform requires increased resources

High expectations for the reform of school education can only be met if there is a dramatic increase in resources, according to former University of Melbourne Dean of Education Professor Brian Caldwell.

Professor Caldwell will call for leadership for radical transformation in schools education at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference on Tuesday.

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Principals warned: Don’t carry the burden alone

School principals charged with improving educational outcomes should adapt their leadership style to fit in with the context of the school’s needs rather than adopting a one-size fits all approach a major education conference opening in Melbourne on Monday will be told.

Professor Philip Hallinger, Chief Academic Officer of the College of Management, Mahindol University, Thailand will deliver the opening keynote address to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference on the theme The Leadership Challenge: Improving Learning in Schools.
Professor Hallinger will contrast the two most influential models of educational leadership: instructional leadership and transformational leadership and offer possible paths towards their integration in the practice of educational leadership.

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Schools need leaders not superheroes

Principals will ignore research into school leadership if it asks the impossible; a leading educational expert will warn a major education conference on Monday.

Professor Bill Mulford, of the University of Tasmania, says that school leaders are disillusioned by conflicting advice, and may view educational advisers as ‘itinerant peddlers extorting their latest elixirs.’

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Curriculum reform a key to ending science crisis

The failure of school science to respond to the changing needs of students and the changing nature of science itself has created a crisis in Australian science education that shows no sign of abating according to a new review of research.

Australian Education Review 51, Re-imagining Science Education: Engaging students in science for Australia’s future, by Deakin University Professor of Science Education Russell Tytler was released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). It calls for major curriculum reform, arguing that the time has passed for tinkering around the edges of a science curriculum that belongs to the past.

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School sector and SES make little difference to university course completion

A new analysis of the characteristics of students who fail to complete university courses by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has found that whether a student attended a government or independent school and their socioeconomic background made little difference to the odds of completing their course.

The study, released today, investigated attrition rates from university courses, background factors that may influence attrition and the labour market consequences of non-completion. Data were collected from a group of young Australians who commenced university study between 1998 and 2001. Their education, training and labour market activities were tracked up until 2004 when they were around 23 years of age.

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New report - Research on Performance Pay for Teachers

An ACER research report on performance pay for teachers was released by federal Education Minister Julie Bishop on 6 April 2007.

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One quarter of non-metropolitan youth leave for the cities

More than one third of young Australians from non-metropolitan areas relocate to a major city in the years immediately after leaving school and, although some return, non-metropolitan areas experience a net loss of a quarter of their young people.

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ACER opens Perth office

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) will officially open its Perth office today, establishing a permanent presence in Western Australia for the first time.

The opening of a Perth office follows ACER’s recent acquisition of Unicom Education, a supplier of special needs and speech and language resources for teachers, established in the late 1990s.

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Report makes strong case for core curriculum in key Year 12 subjects

The case is now strong for a common curriculum core in at least some senior school subjects, the chief executive of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), Professor Geoff Masters, said today upon the release of a new report commissioned by the Federal Government.

Federal Education Minister Julie Bishop today released the report, Year 12 Curriculum Content and Achievement Standards, prepared by ACER.
The study, commissioned in May 2006, examined the content, curriculum and standards of Year 12 subjects across Australia in English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Australian History.

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Early childhood education at the crossroads

Australia is at a crossroads when it comes to early childhood care and education services. In a new review of education released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) the provision of early childhood care and education services in this country is described as insufficient, fragmented, under funded and inconsistent.

There is no universal planned, systematic provision; rather, services have developed in an ad hoc way with a largely two-tiered but multi-dimensional system of ‘care’ and ‘education’ with blurring of boundaries in some areas. The result is a fragmented early childhood sector with a patchwork of services, little agreement on service types, functions or terminology and a ‘mishmash’ of funding and regulations.

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Australian education and training: new policies

The Annual Conference of the Monash University-ACER Centre for the Economics of Education and Training (CEET) will be held in Melbourne on Friday 3 November. This year's theme is Australian Education and Training: New Policies. The conference will consider education and training policies in the context of changes in the Australian population, workforce and economy.

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Political bias in the HSC?

Contrary to recent media reports, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has reached no conclusions about political bias in the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) chief executive Professor Geoff Masters said today.

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Survey to provide snapshot of Australian teaching workforce

Information gathered from a new survey of staff in Australian schools will provide a much- needed demographic picture of the Australian teaching workforce and highlight specific workforce issues.
The Staff in Australia’s Schools Survey is being conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) up until December this year. ACER is being assisted by the Australian College of Educators (ACE).

Over 20 000 teachers and school leaders from more than 2000 government, Catholic and independent schools across Australia are being randomly selected and invited to take part.

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Growth in Literacy and Numeracy in the First Three Years of School

ACER has published its Research Monograph 61 entitled Growth in Literacy and Numeracy in the First Three Years of School, by Marion Meiers, Siek Toon Khoo, Ken Rowe, Andrew Stephanou, Prue Anderson and Kathy Nolan. The report describes the findings from the first three years of the ACER Longitudinal Literacy and Numeracy Study, spanning the period in which the students in the study entered school and continued into their second and third years of school.

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Crisis of interest in science needs humanistic approach

A humanistic approach to curriculum is urgently required in order to address the current crisis of interest in science. Despite an apparently rich set of positive options for increasing student interest in science a number of constraints imposed by science teachers, academic science and competing systemic demands stand in the way of implementing them.

Professor Peter Fensham of Queensland University of Technology will tell delegates at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference in Canberra today that students are not enjoying studying science. Most have concluded that post-compulsory science studies should be avoided unless needed for some career purpose.

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Boosting science learning through curriculum materials

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What do we need to do to boost science learning?

A panel of science education experts will explore possible ways forward at the closing of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference Boosting Science Learning – What will it take? at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra today.

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Principal for a Day and ACER unite to lead the way in business-education partnerships

The Principal for a Day event on 17 August will be the first from its new home at the prestigious Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). The program, a pioneer in growing lasting relationships between government schools, business and the wider community will involve 85 “Principals for a Day”, including ACER’s Chief Executive, Professor Geoff Masters.

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Highly accomplished science teachers deserve higher pay

The quality of science teaching and learning in our schools would be improved if science teachers were assessed and highly accomplished teachers rewarded with a higher salary, according to a paper by Dr Lawrence Ingvarson and Ms Anne Semple.

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Science curriculum requires greater focus on community

If science education is to remain useful to students outside of school the curriculum must move beyond the textbook, using community resources to explore science-related community issues according to a leading expert in science education.

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Science curriculum must focus on ideas, evidence and argument

Current practices in science education may be leaving many students poorly educated about science and with an ambivalent or negative attitude towards science according to a visiting expert. Professor Jonathan Osborne of King’s College London argues that science education requires a shift in focus towards ideas, evidence and argument that is more appropriate to the needs of the future citizen and the values of contemporary youth.

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Conference opens to beat of African buckets

The beat of African “drums” will resonate through the Hyatt Hotel Canberra on Monday morning when grade five students from Forrest School’s Bucket Band will welcome delegates to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) eleventh annual research conference with their unique version of African percussion.

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Science curricula in need of reform

School science curricula are in urgent need of reform. This is a clear theme emerging from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) 11th annual conference entitled Boosting Science Learning: What will it take? to be opened by Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra on Monday.

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New study challenges crisis accounts of youth labour market

“Crisis” accounts of the youth labour market are not supported by a new report released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) The report also disputes claims that young people who are not fully engaged in full-time work or study are “at risk” of an unsuccessful school-to-work transition.

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Australian Certificate of Education: report and recommendations

A single Australian Certificate of Education (ACE) to replace the current ‘dog’s breakfast’ of curriculum and assessment arrangements in the final years of secondary school across Australia is the main recommendation of a new report by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) commissioned by the Federal Government. The report, Australian Certificate of Education: Exploring a way forward was released by Federal Education Minister Julie Bishop today.

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More strategic thinking needed on the use of data in schools

Although there has been an increase in the amount of information collected from and about Australian schools, this information is not always being used effectively to enhance learning according to a new report released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

According to the latest edition of the Australian Education Review, Using Data to Support Learning in Schools: Students, Teachers, Systems, better use of research evidence and data are required at all levels of the education system.

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Release of TIMSS Video 1999 Science Study

The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 1999 Video Study investigated and described Year 8 Science teaching in Australia, Japan, The Czech Republic and The Netherlands, all of which achieved relatively highly in the TIMSS 1995 and 1999 written assessments, and The United States, which achieved at average level only. The report will be officially released at 00:01 on Wednesday 5 April 2006.

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ACER Brisbane office now open

ACER's Brisbane office was officially opened on 23 March by chief executive Professor Geoff Masters. The office is headed by Professor Gabrielle Matters, who joined ACER in October 2005 as a Principal Research Fellow. Ms Karen Elvish joins Professor Matters in the Brisbane office as Education Sales Consultant for ACER's Professional Resources Division including Assessment Services programs and ACER Press. Gabrielle and Karen will work to establish a greater presence for ACER in Queensland. The office is located at unit 9, 541 Boundary Road, Spring Hill. Phone (07) 3831 2769 Fax (07) 3831 9900.

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Australian research resources available from EdNA Online

Educators, researchers and students will have increased access to a wide range of educational and research resources from 6 March following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between EdNA Online and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to link their databases. The two organisations will collaborate on the delivery of information services, which will enable the sharing of knowledge, research and learning content.

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Australian students among the highest users of computers at school and in the home: OECD report

A new analysis of 2003 results in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has found that Australian students are among the world’s leading users of computers in education both at school and in the home. The study, Are students ready for a technology-rich world? was released by the OECD overnight. It is a previously unpublished analysis of data collected during the 2003 round of PISA testing.

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Disadvantaged youth find success in VET

The non-apprenticeship VET sector provides a successful pathway from school to further education and training for young Australians from all socioeconomic backgrounds, a new report shows. The new study, released today by ACER found that around 20 per cent of young Australians had enrolled in a non-apprenticeship VET course by age 19. By age 20 in late 2001, 60 per cent of the non-apprenticeship VET entrants had completed their first course while 14 per cent were still enrolled in their first course. Students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds were not disadvantaged in terms of course progress. Gender, language background and region were also unrelated to continuing with non-apprenticeship study.

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Release of Teaching Reading, the report of the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy

The report of the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy was released by the Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training, Dr Brendan Nelson, in Canberra on 8 December. The Inquiry Committee was chaired by Dr Ken Rowe, Research Director ( Learning Processes) at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). A media release and copies of the full report are available from Dr Nelson's website. Please use the following links to access them.

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Low ENTER scores behind ‘unmet demand’ for university places

The main reason that unsuccessful applicants to university miss out on a place is their lower level of academic performance, a new study released today has found. The report focused on a group of young Australians who applied to attend university but were not offered a place. These applicants are commonly referred to as indicating 'unmet demand' for university study. The study included almost 8000 young people who were in Year 9 in 1998. Most completed Year 12 in 2001.

A relatively small proportion of the group, around 5 per cent, applied to enter university but were not offered a place. This amounted to about 10 per cent of Year 12 university applicants in 2001.

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Time out of the labour market a common experience for Australian youth

The majority of young Australians experience at least a short period of time outside of full-time education and the labour force in the early years after leaving secondary school, new research has found. A report released today by ACER identified the characteristics, activities and later destinations of young people who had spent time outside of the labour force.

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Report calls for more emphasis on technical skills in secondary school

A greater focus on developing technical skills in secondary schools is required to draw more young Australians into apprenticeships, a new research report by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) recommends. Releasing the latest findings from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) program today, Deputy CEO (Research), Dr John Ainley, said that more effort is also required to attract Year 12 completers to the trades.

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Learning managers believe they are better prepared to teach

An evaluation of the Central Queensland University (CQU) Bachelor of Learning Management (BLM) degree found that BLM graduates believed that they were better prepared for the first year of teaching than graduates from other Queensland universities. The findings were supported by an observational study of 18 BLM graduates that found they performed at a significantly higher level on a range of teaching standards than did graduates from other universities.

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Busy young Australians get most satisfaction

Young Australians are highly satisfied with their life and careers according to new research that suggests being fully occupied in work, study or a combination of the two is a major influence on satisfaction. A study of over 6000 young people, released today, explored how their self-reported life satisfaction is related to educational activities and various labour market outcomes during the early post-school years. The participants were tracked for four years after completing secondary school from 1999 to 2002 when they were between 18 and 21 years old.

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A balanced approach needed for students with learning difficulties

A new review of research into the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills to students with learning difficulties asserts that there is no one single instructional method that deserves sole claim to being 'best practice.' Instead, the common wisdom of research points to the need for balanced approaches to accommodate the diverse needs of students.

The latest Australian Education Review, Balancing approaches: Revisiting the educational psychology research on teaching students with learning difficulties, released today, examines what contemporary research, largely meta-analyses from the field of educational psychology, says about the often controversial and much debated field of how best to teach basic literacy and numeracy skills to students with learning difficulties. It identifies current limitations in Australian research and calls for some changes in teacher training.

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Not all Year 12 courses are equal

Inappropriate course selection in Year 12 can leave some students unable to participate in further education and in a vulnerable position in the labour force a new report has found. A study of the patterns of course choice in Year 12 and the consequences of these choices, released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), shows that subject choice has a major influence on the educational and career options open to them after finishing school.

Although most Year 12 students make a successful transition to tertiary study or work, some parts of the Year 12 curriculum act as better pathways to post secondary education and training than others, reinforcing the importance of access to quality career guidance in school.

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Senior secondary school students’ perceptions of the world of work

A new report into the perceptions of work held by senior secondary school students provides a valuable insight into the current skills shortage and youth unemployment rate by uncovering a significant mismatch between student career aspirations and the reality of the labour market. The survey of 3,018 year 10, 11 and 12 students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds has found that a majority of students are identifying preferred career paths based on their skills and personal interests with little to no understanding of the availability of these jobs in the current labour market. Most (80%) expect to get the job they would most like at age 25 and few have considered the possibility of compromise should employment in their chosen field be hard to come by. The study, What do students know about work? funded by the AMP Foundation and conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) for The Smith Family also found that a quarter of students were planning insufficient education for their preferred job.

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New study shows intentions and attitudes predict participation in schooling

Nurturing positive attitudes to school could be the key to increasing participation in post-compulsory education according to new research. The latest findings from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), released today, show that intentions to complete or leave school formed early in secondary schooling are powerful predictors of participation in the latter years of school. Attitudes to school were in turn found to strongly influence these educational intentions prompting researchers to conclude that by promoting a positive attitude toward school, educators can increase participation in education beyond compulsory schooling.

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Teacher intuition still important as schools swamped with data

Using data in school decision-making does not have to be a mechanical or technical process that denigrates educators' intuition, teaching philosophy and personal experience, according to Dr Lorna Earl, Associate Professor and co-director of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Dr Earl is speaking in at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference entitled Using Data to Support Learning.

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What is the nature of evidence that makes a difference to learning

The move to collecting more data from schools needs to be stopped and the move to making defensible interpretations about teaching and learning upgraded to priority level a leading educationalist will tell a Melbourne conference. Professor John Hattie of Auckland University is delivering a keynote address to the tenth annual Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) conference entitled Using Data to Support Learning.

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Growth not benchmarks the key to school success

The mark of a school's success is how effectively it causes growth for students and not just how many students it helps over a particular 'proficiency hurdle,' according to a visiting US education expert. Professor Gage Kingsbury of the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) is in Melbourne to deliver the opening keynote address to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) tenth annual conference, entitled Using Data to Support Learning.

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Using student performance data effectively

The education community could benefit from learning to use data about student performance more effectively to support both student and teacher learning, according to educational researcher Dr Ken Rowe. Successful learning support depends on the extent to which schools are provided with an opportunity to claim 'ownership' and 'control' over their own data. Dr Rowe is the Research Director of ACER's Learning Processes research program, and will speak on Tuesday 9 August at the ACER Research Conference 2005, Using Data to Support Learning.

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700 delegates to attend ACER Research Conference

More than 700 researchers, policy makers and teachers from around Australia and overseas will meet in Melbourne next week to consider issues confronting Australian schools in the collection and use of data at ACER's tenth annual Research Conference, entitled Using Data to Support Learning. Research Conference 2005 is the largest conference undertaken by ACER. Three keynote addresses and 16 concurrent sessions will be delivered over the two day program.

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Tertiary students report high levels of satisfaction

Tertiary study is a largely positive experience for the vast majority of first year students, a new report released by ACER today shows. Among the report's key findings is that a large majority of students reported that they liked being a student (94 per cent), tertiary student life suited them (87 per cent), they enjoyed the atmosphere on campus (88 per cent) and they had made close friends at their tertiary institution (89 per cent). A significant majority (82 per cent) felt that the experience had lived up to their expectations.

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Student interests drive course change and attrition

University students who change courses or withdraw from study without gaining a qualification are more likely to be driven by personal interests and career objectives than academic difficulties or financial pressures, according to new research. A new report, Course change and attrition from higher education, released today examined the pathways of almost 7000 young Australians who were in Year 9 in 1995 and commenced higher education in 1999 or 2000.

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Rowe, Pollard and Rowe take out research award

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ACER to collaborate on UK student test

The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) will collaborate to develop a new test of academic reasoning for students applying to UK universities. An agreement was signed between ACER and UCLES to develop the test, to be known as UniTest, in Melbourne in March.

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Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS 2002/03)

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OECD Programme for Interational Student Assessment (PISA) 2003 Cycle

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Understanding values education

Teachers and students need to think more about the frameworks underpinning their values education, according to Emeritus Professor Brian Hill of Murdoch University who delivered a keynote address at Research Conference 2004 today. Referring to the values education packages adopted in schools, Professor Hill says busy teachers understandably welcome ready-made products, and many have been drawn to packages developed outside our school systems, and even outside Australia.

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Literacy, behaviour and auditory processing

Just one hour of professional development training for teachers in communicating with children with auditory processing difficulties can have 'significant positive effects' on their literacy achievement progress and attentive behaviours, according to Drs Kathy and Ken Rowe, and audiologist collaborator Jan Pollard. Speaking today in Adelaide at Research Conference 2004 Drs Kathy and Ken Rowe presented findings from an ongoing study into the prevalence of auditory processing difficulties among children and adolescents, and the positive impact on students' literacy progress and attentive behaviours when appropriate classroom management strategies for auditory processing difficulties are used.

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Student goals and interest important for university success

Developing interest is critical to long-term success in university studies, according to a visiting US psychologist. Professor Judith M. Harackiewicz delivered a keynote address at the ACER Research Conference, Supporting Student Wellbeing, in Adelaide today.

Professor Harackiewicz is researching why some students become involved and interested in their studies, and why they continue in a particular academic discipline.

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Yelling at students does not improve behaviour

Teacher aggression and, to a lesser extent punishment are ineffective in fostering student responsibility, whereas hinting, discussion, recognition, and involvement may be helpful in this regard an educational conference in Adelaide was told today. Dr Ramon Lewis of La Trobe University examined the relationship between Australian students' responsibility in classrooms and their teachers' discipline strategies.

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The mental health and wellbeing of young people in Australia

Dr Michael Sawyer, a leading authority on adolescent mental health warned delegates at an Adelaide conference today that a combination of falling birth rates and increasing rates of adolescent mental health problems has the potential to adversely affect Australia's growth and development.

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LSAY Easy reference guide - what do we know about the experiences of Australian youth?

A new resource will enable easier access to information about the experiences of Australian youth as they move through secondary school, into further education or training, and into the labour market and adult life. An Easy Reference Guide to Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth Research Reports, 1996-2003, by Robyn Penman, thematically summarises the 36 research reports published during those years.

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ACER signs multi million dollar UAE test development contract

ACER has signed a multi million dollar deal to develop aptitude testing for higher education selection in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A Memorandum of Understanding between ACER and the UAE Ministry of Education and Youth was officially signed in Dubai earlier this month.

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Meeting the challenge of assessing behavioural problems

Assessment of behavioural, social and emotional problems faces several challenges, according to Professor Thomas Achenbach, from the University of Vermont, USA.

Professor Achenbach is a keynote speaker at the International Test Users' Conference 2004 hosted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in Melbourne. He is the author of the Child Behaviour Checklist.

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Methods of identifying behavioural problems are past their ‘use-by-date’

Traditional checklists and rating instruments used to assist in the diagnosis of children and adolescents with behavioural problems - particularly inattentive behaviours - have long since passed their 'use-by-date,' according to Drs Ken and Kathy Rowe. They will speak next week at the International Test Users' Conference in Melbourne.

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Viewing organisations through the lens of type

Applying the lens of type to an organisation can help us to understand behaviour at work - both in terms of what we do as well as in terms of how we do those things according to visiting US academic Dr Katherine Hirsch.

Dr Hirsch will be in Melbourne next week to address the International Test Users' Conference hosted by the Australian Council for Educational Research.

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Viewing organisations through the lens of type

Applying the lens of type to an organisation can help us to understand behaviour at work - both in terms of what we do as well as in terms of how we do those things according to visiting US academic Dr Katherine Hirsch.

Dr Hirsch will be in Melbourne next week to address the International Test Users' Conference hosted by the Australian Council for Educational Research.

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Is Emotional Intelligence related to cognitive intelligence and behaviour?

World leaders in the assessment of intelligence, emotions and behaviour gather in Melbourne next week to consider issues in assessing the whole person across the lifespan. They will join around 170 delegates including participants from the United States, Malaysia, Indonesia and New Zealand taking part in the International Test Users' Conference 2004 hosted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

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Students and employers endorse Graduate Skills Assessment

The Graduate Skills Assessment is a valuable addition to the personal employment portfolio of university graduates and has become popular with both students and employers, Australian Council for Educational Research CEO Professor Geoff Masters said today.

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Supporting Indigenous students’ English literacy and numeracy learning

Indigenous Australian children begin school with similar levels of literacy and numeracy to their non-Indigenous classmates but fall behind as they move through the early years, new research shows. A longitudinaA report detailing the findings of the first two years of the study will be released on the 21st April 2004. l study conducted by ACER has been monitoring the growth in English literacy and numeracy achievement of a group of 152 Indigenous students in 13 schools through the early years of primary school.

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Premier Bracks opens ACER Dubai office

Victorian Premier Steve Bracks opened the Dubai branch office of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) today in Dubai's Knowledge Village. Noel Campbell, Ambassador of Australia to the UAE and Qatar was also in attendance. Dubai is ACER's first overseas office. Its objective is to establish ACER as the leading provider of educational research and assessment services in the Middle East region.

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New effort needed to improve Indigenous education

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) today called for the establishment of a new and rigorous national research agenda into ways of improving educational outcomes for Indigenous students. The call coincides with the release of a review of Indigenous education research and policy which argues that, despite good intentions and considerable funding in recent years, educational outcomes for Indigenous students remain well behind those of non-Indigenous students.

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Go back to school with your kids with a new online assessment program

In a first for Australia, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has launched its latest initiative in online assessment with iAchieve at home , an educational support activity for children and parents at home.

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Positive school climate helps students achieve positive results

School programs that promote a positive view of school may also influence student achievement a new study shows. In a report released today, ACER found that students who attend schools with a positive school climate achieve higher scores on tests of reading comprehension and mathematics. This latest report in the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) examined factors that influence levels of achievement in literacy and numeracy by examining data on more than 27,000 Year 9 students and 600 schools.

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Employment experience has strongest influence on labour market outcomes

Experience of working full-time early in the school-to-work transition has the most positive effect on youth labour market outcomes and early experience of unemployment has a 'scarring' effect on subsequent unemployment. These are among the key findings of a new report released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). The report, the latest in the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), examines the labour market outcomes of a cohort of Australian youth born in 1975.

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Young teachers face bright futures

Australian teachers currently beginning and in the early stages of their careers are likely to be given excellent opportunities to obtain leadership positions over the next 10-15 years according to a leading education consultant. Barbara Preston, who has been investigating the teaching labour market at various times over more than two decades, was speaking in Melbourne yesterday at Research Conference 2003 hosted by ACER

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Assessing teacher performance reliably and validly

Teacher performance can be assessed reliably and validly and the assessment process can be a powerful form of professional development for teachers, evidence from the United States shows. Professor Lloyd Bond, Senior Scholar with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the United States, will demonstrate this during his presentation at Research Conference 2003 hosted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in Melbourne today.

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Promoting teacher quality in the UK

A program of reform in England's Initial Teacher Training (ITT) led to measurable improvements in the quality of teaching and helped to build a stronger teaching sector according to the chief executive of the Teacher Training Agency, Mr Ralph Tabberer. Mr Tabberer is in Melbourne to present a keynote address at Research Conference 2003 hosted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on the role of the Teacher Training Agency in promoting teacher quality in England.

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Quality teaching matters most

Quality teachers and teaching, supported by strategic professional development, is what matters most in students' experiences and outcomes of schooling, ACER Research Director Dr Ken Rowe said in Melbourne today. Speaking at ACER's Research Conference 2003 , Dr Rowe presented key findings from Australian and international evidence-based research on educational effectiveness.

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Building teacher quality: What does the research tell us?

Some 400 educational researchers, policy makers and practitioners from around Australia and overseas will come together in Melbourne next week to share knowledge and developments in building teacher quality.

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is hosting its eighth annual Research Conference at the Carlton Crest hotel, Melbourne from 19-21 October.

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Year 12 subject selection broadens

A new report has dentified a broadening in subject selection by Australian Year 12 students over the past decade as more students opt for vocationally oriented subjects rather than the key learning areas of English, mathematics, society and environment and the sciences.

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Early school leavers can do well in workforce

Many early school leavers progress well in the first few years after leaving school, according to a report released today hat questions the widespread belief that all students who leave school before Year 12 struggle to make a successful transition to the workforce.

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Year 8 maths students are not sufficiently challenged

Teaching Mathematics in Australia provides an Australian-focused analysis and discussion of the results from the international study, Teaching Mathematics in Seven Countries: Results from the TIMSS 1999 Video Study , which was released earlier this year. The examination of videotapes of 87 randomly selected Year 8 mathematics classes from around Australia indicates, among other findings, that Australian mathematics teachers may be underestimating the ability of Year 8 students and not challenging them enough in class.

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International video study of mathematics teaching methods

A major international video study in seven countries, including Australia, has identified no single best method of teaching eighth-grade mathematics in high achieving countries.

Teaching Mathematics in Seven Countries: Results from the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 1999 Video Study included 638 randomly selected eighth-grade lessons in Australia, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States. Lessons were videotaped for analysis and comparison across the countries involved to investigate similarities and differences in teaching practices.

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Report reveals socioeconomic differences among Australian schools

A new study of test scores achieved by Australian 14-year-olds in reading comprehension and mathematics between 1975 and 1998 has revealed growing differences between Australian schools along socioeconomic lines. The report, released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), examines student achievement scores on tests of reading comprehension and mathematics from five studies that tested the literacy and numeracy levels of young people in Australian schools conducted between 1975 and 1998.

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Young people delay transition to adulthood

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Participation in extracurricular activities important for students

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TIMSS study enters testing stage

Around 12,000 students Australia-wide are currently undergoing testing of their maths and science achievement levels as part of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2002/3 managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) is a large international study designed to measure trends in students’ knowledge and abilities in mathematics and science and to investigate the cultural environments, teaching practices, curriculum goals and institutional arrangements that are associated with achievement. Over the next six months, around 400,000 students in 50 countries will participate in the TIMSS study.

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Australian Students’ Civics Results

Schools can make a difference in young people’s awareness of politics and participation in civic activities that benefit the community according to international expert in civic education and youth development, Professor Judith Torney-Purta of the University of Maryland who is in Sydney to address the ACER Research Conference 2002 - Providing World-Class School Education: What can Australia learn from international achievement studies?

“Civic education is very important and it has been neglected in international comparative studies. It has been 30 years since the last large-scale international study of civic education,” Professor Torney-Purta says. “But now in many countries, including Australia and the United States, new interest is being expressed.”

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Schools: Raising the Bar and Reducing Failures

The Director for Education at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Dr. Barry McGaw said in Sydney today “Australia does very well in international comparisons of its schools, but some other countries show that Australia could do better.”

“Australia’s average performance is high. Among 28 OECD countries, the performance of Australia’s 15-year-olds ranked 3rd in reading, 5th in mathematics and 7th in science,” Dr. McGaw said. “But other parts of the picture are less flattering.”

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HSC exam review recommends further improvements

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Firm-based training doubles for young women

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Room for improvement in civic education

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NSW HSC Examination Review report to be presented in March 2002

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Socioeconomic factors and school sector influence tertiary entrance scores

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37 per cent of Year 12 non-completers undertake VET

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VET in Schools offers alternative paths for students

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Australian 15-year-olds among the best in the world in reading, mathematics and science

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ACER to release results of major international survey of student achievement

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Youth pathways in crisis in rural and remote Australia, conference told

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Numerous factors influence school non-completion, conference told

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90% of new apprentices gain immediate employment

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OECD expert calls for separate senior schools to improve youth pathways

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ACER to open office in Sydney

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Innovative test to transform international student selection

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Tertiary qualifications significantly enhance job prospects

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Civic education a must for Australian Schools

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Educational disadvantage may need to be re-evaluated

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International maths and science study results

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Bleak outlook for those who don’t finish school

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Historic global student test begins

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Literacy Tests

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Literacy Tests

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More further education and training participation in Australia than United States

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Call for national research on schools

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Participation in education and training on the rise – and becoming more equitable

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Year 12 subject choice linked to further study, job opportunities

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Scholarship test identifies right students

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Boys more likely to leave school early

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Work placement programs keep some at school

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School students benefit from part-time work

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