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Year 4 literacy improves, but more to be done: PIRLS
Tuesday, 5 Dec 2017

Results from the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) show that the literacy achievement of Australian Year 4 students has improved on average, but not for students with the lowest literacy skills.

Junior game designers create a reaction at PAX
Tuesday, 24 Oct 2017

Gaming industry experts have commended the winners of the 2017 Australian STEM Video Game Challenge, which this year required students as young as 10 years old to design and build a video game addressing the theme ‘reaction’.

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VET and learner choice
Vocational & Adult
Monday, 23 Oct 2017

New research explores the drivers influencing VET student behaviour and their impact on choice of provider and course in a competitive training market, as Justin Brown explains.

Children’s reading literacy achievement: PIRLS 2016
Tuesday, 5 Dec 2017

Results from an international study of Year 4 students' reading literacy indicate positive changes in Australia’s achievement.

Looking for the X factors in Indigenous early education
Wednesday, 2 Aug 2017

Early education for Indigenous students should begin from a place of strength, by focusing on students’ potential, interests, abilities, knowledge and capacities, rather than their limits.

Teacher absenteeism in Indonesia
Monday, 16 Mar 2015

A comprehensive new study reveals that teacher absenteeism in Indonesia is declining, and provides evidence for policy makers focused on improving teaching and learning, as Phil McKenzie explains.

ACER releases PIRLS 2016 national report
Tuesday, 5 Dec 2017

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) released the PIRLS 2016 national report at 8pm AEDT on Tuesday 5 December 2017.

‘Little J & Big Cuz’ wins Best Children’s TV Program
Friday, 1 Dec 2017

Little J & Big Cuz, the first animated kids show to feature Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their culture, has been declared Best Children’s Television Program at the 2017 SAE ATOM Awards.

Field trial of primary years assessment in the Philippines
Tuesday, 28 Nov 2017

ACER Research Fellow Jacqueline Cheng was in the Philippines to observe field trials of test administration of the Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM), as well as to meet with Philippines Department of Education staff serving as national quality control monitors to understand their experiences of the field trial.

Australian students strong collaborative problem solvers: PISA
Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017

Students in Australia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and the United States perform better in collaborative problem solving than would be expected, based on their scores in the science, reading and mathematics components of the OECD’s 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment.

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ACER media spokespeople who are widely recognised as experts in their fields can provide evidence-based and well-informed commentary on a wide range of education subjects about which we have conducted research. ACER does not provide opinion-based commentary.

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