Business and community leaders build partnerships with schools

Business and community leaders build partnerships with schools

Thursday, 20 Aug 2009

This year’s Principal for a Day program will help to develop partnerships between businesses, the wider community and government schools. Victoria’s event is to be held on 25 August.

One hundred primary, secondary and special schools in metropolitan and regional Victoria will be matched with business and community leaders who will become their ‘Principal for a Day’.

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High regard for education a key to Finland’s success

High regard for education a key to Finland’s success

Tuesday, 18 Aug 2009

Likely reasons behind Finland’s continued success in international tests of student achievement will be presented to a leading education conference in Perth today.

Professor Patrik Scheinin from the University of Helsinki will present the case of the Finnish comprehensive school to discuss strategic questions of educational policy, teacher education and teaching in a keynote address to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference.

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Student literacy doubles in schools that use assessment data to improve teaching

Student literacy doubles in schools that use assessment data to improve teaching

Monday, 17 Aug 2009

Student literacy developed at more than double the expected rate in schools that used student assessment results to improve teaching practice, University of Auckland Professor of Education Helen Timperley will tell the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference today.

Professor Timperley’s research looked at 300 New Zealand schools that took part in a professional development program on how to interpret and use student assessment results over a period of two years.

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Culture-fair assessment issues examined

Culture-fair assessment issues examined

Monday, 17 Aug 2009

A greater emphasis on more ‘culturally inclusive’ assessment and teaching methods for Indigenous students may help to address their pattern of under-achievement in national benchmark data and international testing programs according to a paper to be presented at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) conference in Perth.

The presentation, by Professor Val Klenowski from Queensland University of Technology and Ms Thelma Gertz of the Catholic Education Office Townsville, is based on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage research project examining equity issues as they relate to the validity and fairness of assessment practices.

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Whatever the source - assessment data can inform teaching and learning

Whatever the source - assessment data can inform teaching and learning

Monday, 17 Aug 2009

While some educators argue that information from system-wide tests is not useful for improving learning, good quality data from a range of sources can and should be used to inform teaching, according to a paper to be presented at the ACER Research Conference in Perth today.

“What matters is the quality rather than the source of information,“ says Dr Margaret Forster, Research Director of the Assessment and Reporting Research Program at ACER. “And that means the diagnostic power of the assessment – the power of the assessment to illuminate strengths and weaknesses in students’ understandings. Informative assessment, assessment that can drive teaching and learning, bypasses the division between assessment of learning and for learning.“

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