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PISA 2018: Australian student performance in long-term decline
Tuesday, 3 Dec 2019

7pm, Tuesday 3 December 2019: A report released today paints a picture of long-term decline in Australian students’ reading, mathematics and science skills – and, for the first time in the assessment’s history, we have fallen to meet an OECD average, in mathematics performance.

Australian secondary school teachers face more diversity in their classrooms
Friday, 29 Nov 2019

29 November 2019: Australian lower secondary schools and teachers are dealing with more diverse and potentially more challenging classrooms than across the OECD and in many high performing countries, according to a new report from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

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Focus on basics leaves schoolkids short in essential deep thinking
Wednesday, 4 Dec 2019

The declining performance of Australian school students is in the spotlight again. But is there anything governments can do to arrest the decline? Geoff Masters responds.

How Australia’s education system stacks up
Wednesday, 4 Dec 2019

PISA national project manager Dr Sue Thomson says Australia has a great deal of work ahead for its education system to excel by international standards.

PISA 2018: Australian students’ performance
Tuesday, 3 Dec 2019

A long-term national decline in reading, maths and science achievement has led, for the first time, to Australia’s achievement failing to exceed the OECD average in one of the assessment domains.

PISA explained
Monday, 2 Dec 2019

Sue Thomson and Kylie Hillman explain the significance of the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment, ahead of the release of results from the latest cycle.

New book guides principals on leading PD for school improvement
Monday, 2 Dec 2019

Leading Professional Learning is published by ACER Press on 2 December.

Teacher’s Indonesia stream launched
Monday, 2 Dec 2019

Teacher, published by ACER, is a free, online publication promoting quality teaching and leading, to assist school improvement at a grassroots level. After months of preparation, the Teacher team and ACER Indonesia is proud to launch a dedicated stream of content for teachers and school leaders in Indonesia. The reader-friendly articles and infographics – available in both English and Bahasa Indonesia – focus on best practice in schools and leadership in Indonesia and around the world, and share the latest in education research.

Book extract: Leading Professional Learning
Monday, 25 Nov 2019

This exclusive extract from the new book Leading Professional Learning: Practical Strategies for Impact looks at a challenge facing school leaders trying to effect school improvement through professional learning: complexity.

And the winners are…
Thursday, 21 Nov 2019

Which were the PAT Teaching Resource Centre's most downloaded tools in 2019? We share them here with you – completely free.

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