The head of PISA gave a talk recently and decried the Australian debate over education, specifically the use of PISA results to berate the school system, schools and teachers. They pointed out that PISA results are not supposed to be interpreted this way. Instead, they are there to see which systems are doing well so… Read More Inappropriate use of standardised testing
We live in a world where everyone thinks they know a lot about teaching, because they’ve got school experience – as a student. Students rarely get a glimpse into the amount of work teachers do behind the scenes. As an estimate, my face to face teaching workload is probably about 20-25% of my total workload. So… Read More How hard is teaching?
I’m researching for an article about IT use and its effect on numeracy and literacy and I’ve been shocked at what I’ve found. Basically Australia has more computers in classrooms than any other country in the world. We also have the biggest drop in real terms of our PISA results. Correlation or causation? These graphs… Read More More computers = less learning
There is always much talk about ‘school improvement’. I think that we don’t need improvement, we need innovation. Improvement is doing the same thing, just a little bit better. Innovation is doing – something completely different – which is hopefully also way better. Think about how little the core schooling system has changed in the… Read More School improvement vs. innovation
Another year of NAPLAN results released, another negative spin by the media. Yet this time it is getting a bit much. A host of outlets are saying “NAPLAN results have only gone up marginally since the introduction of the test”. Last year the criticism was about the real decline of results. I personally am confused… Read More The state of the education debate in Australia
The question on everybody’s lips at the moment seems to be why are our results going down, both by comparison to other countries and in real terms, in international comparisons (PISA – Programme for International Student Assessment), and also in national high-stakes tests (NAPLAN – National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy)? It is tempting to look… Read More Why are Australia’s NAPLAN and PISA results dropping?