School improvement needs ‘no excuses’ approach

School improvement needs ‘no excuses’ approach

Friday, 24 Aug 2012

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

1200 minds to meet on school improvement

Friday, 24 Aug 2012

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

Business and community leaders step up for schools

Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012

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

Check your inbox and have your say, university students urged

Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012

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 achieves above OECD average tertiary participation: ACER research briefing

Friday, 27 Jul 2012

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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