University retention and completion rates have improved

University retention and completion rates have improved

Monday, 7 Nov 2011

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

ACER resource aims to build resilience in dyslexic students

Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011

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

NAPLAN results show importance of early learning, says ACER

Friday, 9 Sep 2011

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

Principals hand reins to business, community leaders

Monday, 22 Aug 2011

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

Teaching and learning oral language skills

Monday, 15 Aug 2011

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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