The following articles provide examples of recent news coverage of ACER’s work.
Newest teachers more likely to be teaching out of field
Early career secondary teachers are more likely than their experienced colleagues to be teaching outside their area of expertise, according to a report, Out-of-field teaching in Australian secondary schools.
Media coverage included:
- ‘Bid to lift teaching skills could fail if teachers continue to take classes in subjects they don't know’ by Tim Dodd in Australian Financial Review, 24 August 2016.
- ‘Teacher expertise query’ by Loretta Lohberger in The Hobart Mercury, 25 August 2016, page 15.
- 'Teachers outside their comfort zones' by Judith Aisthorpe in NT News, 4 September 2016.
- ‘Teachers forced to fill gaps’ by Lauren Martyn-Jones in The Courier Mail, 25 August 2016, page 9.
- ‘Many teachers operating outside their expertise’ by Sean Ford, Northwest Tasmania Advocate, 29 August 2016.
Stopping the drift in school performance requires a national action plan
A new report written by ACER Chief Executive Professor Geoff Masters AO has called for a new level of cooperation between governments to address worrying trends in Australian schools.
Media coverage included:
- ‘We ignore the declining standards in schools at our peril, says Geoff Masters’ by Tim Dodd in Australian Financial Review, 12 May 2016.
- ‘What is the problem with Australian schools?’ by Henrietta Cook in The Age, 12 May 2016.
- ‘Australian teens' academic results in critical subjects are in free fall, new report reveals’ by Bruce McDougall in Daily Telegraph, 12 May 2016.
- ‘Arresting the slide in school standards needs to go beyond politics’ by Geoff Masters in The Australian, 12 May 2016.
Schools vital for wellbeing of marginalised students
The latest Australian Child Wellbeing Project report – from a study undertaken by a team of researchers at Flinders University, the University of New South Wales and ACER – released in Canberra today, reveals marginalised students are more likely to report low levels of wellbeing.
Media coverage included:
- ‘Australian Child Wellbeing Project: Family matters most to kids in 2016’ by Clarissa Bye and Leigh van den Broeke in Daily Telegraph, 25 February 2016.
- ‘20pc of Aussie kids go hungry’ by Natasha Bita in The Australian, 25 February 2016.
- ‘Bullied, missing school and hungry – report reveals reality of many Aussie kids’ in HealthCanal, 25 February 2016.
Other recent news
- ACER Chief Executive, Professor Geoff Masters, discussed how to address the slide in Australian students’ education performance identified by international comparison studies. (‘Avoiding the slide to educational mediocrity’ by Geoff Masters, Australian Financial Review, 14 August 2016).
- ACER Principal Research Fellow, Dr Lawrence Ingvarson, discussed methods for attracting high-achieving students into teacher education courses. (‘This is why our schools are in crisis’ by Lawrence Ingvarson, The Age, 18 August 2016).
- The Australian published an opinion article by ACER Principal Research Fellow, Dr Lawrence Ingvarson, about the importance of attracting high-achieving students into teacher education courses. (‘Education outcomes: high-quality teachers make all the difference’ by Lawrence Ingvarson, The Australian, 11 August 2016).
- The Conversation published an article by ACER Research Director, Dr Sue Thomson, in which she fact checked the claim that Australia’s education system is unequal. (‘FactCheck Q&A: does Australia have one of the most unequal education systems in the OECD?’ by Sue Thomson, The Conversation, 22 April 2016).
- ACER Chief Executive, Professor Geoff Masters, was quoted in a Daily Telegraph article about a new grammar guide for teachers. (‘Grammar training manual will show teachers some simple literacy’ by Bruce McDougall, The Daily Telegraph, 19 May 2016).
- The Age reported research into the relationship between equity and graduate outcomes headed by ACER Research Director, Dr Sarah Richardson. (‘Higher education not always road to riches’, The Age, 9 May 2016).
- In an article published in The Conversation’s ‘Ideas for Australia’ series, ACER Research Director, Dr Sue Thomson, explained the reasons for Australian students’ declining achievement in mathematics, science and reading. (‘Ideas for Australia: Why is Australia falling behind in maths, science and literacy – and what can be done about it?’ by Sue Thomson, The Conversation, 13 April 2016).
- ACER Chief Executive, Professor Geoff Masters, discussed the pitfalls of A to E grading in school reports. (‘Some Victorian schools axe grades in reports’ by Henrietta Cook, The Age, 6 March 2016).
- ACER Principal Research Fellow, Dr Gabrielle Matters, was one of four experts to respond to the question ‘Should we scrap the ATAR?’ in a special feature on how to best select students for further study. (‘Grades for subject areas should replace a single overall score’ by Gabrielle Matters, The Conversation, 3 March 2016).