Mobile phones may help get kids active

Mobile phones may help get kids active

Monday, 19 Dec 2011

19 December 2011: Children who know how to use a mobile phone, as opposed to those who don’t, are more likely to move about their neighbourhood without adult supervision, new research from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) suggests.

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ACER releases results of PISA 2009+ participant economies

ACER releases results of PISA 2009+ participant economies

Friday, 16 Dec 2011

• Costa Rica, Georgia, India (Himachal Pradesh & Tamil Nadu), Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Venezuela (Miranda), Moldova, United Arab Emirates
• Girls significantly outperform boys in reading

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Higher education student engagement under the microscope

Higher education student engagement under the microscope

Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011

Higher education experts and stakeholders have gathered in Melbourne this week to discuss challenges around student engagement and share strategic insights to further improve the quality of Australian higher education.

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ACER scholarship test reaches 50-year milestone

ACER scholarship test reaches 50-year milestone

Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011

In 2012, ACER’s Cooperative Scholarship Testing Program (CSTP) will undertake its 50th testing cycle. The test date will be brought forward three months and will now occur in February.

Established in 1962, CSTP is an annual program of scholarship testing used by schools across Australia to select academically gifted students for the award of a scholarship. Approximately 150 independent schools currently use the service for entry into the first, middle or final years of secondary school.

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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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