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New Thinking
New Thinking
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Does the old school report have a future?

School reports are an important but imperfect means of communicating progress. In part one of a series on ACER’s Communicating Student Learning Progress project, Hilary Hollingsworth and Jonathan Heard examine the recent history of reporting in Australian schools and highlight some of the competing forces that have influenced current practices.

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New Metrics
New Metrics
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Learning progressions in ACER’s work

Learning progressions have garnered a lot of attention in recent times, both within Australia and internationally. Importantly, learning progressions are fundamental to ACER’s approach to assessment.

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New Thinking
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Continuous student reporting - the next step?

In part two of a series on ACER’s Communicating Student Learning Progress project, Hilary Hollingsworth and Jonathan Heard examine recent trends and current reporting practices in schools including the growing use of electronic systems and tools.

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Scrap age-based classes to boost school achievement

How appropriate are age-based curricula in the 21st century? ACER's Chief Executive Officer Geoff Masters encourages the current Gonski review to reconsider the industrial model of schooling in his recent article.

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Growth goals and growth mindset in today’s classroom
Growth goals and growth mindset in today’s classroom

On Tuesday 7 August, the Melbourne Graduate School of Education Dean’s Lecture Series will be hosting Professor Andrew J. Martin from the University of New South Wales to explore two key strategies for pursuing a growth approach – growth mindset and growth goals.

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Gonski’s focus on growth
Gonski’s focus on growth

The second Gonski review suggested a fundamental shift in Australia’s approach to schooling – from a focus on learning expectations based on age to a focus on ensuring that every student makes excellent progress every year. Geoff Masters sat down with Maxine McKew from the University of Melbourne’s Talking Teaching podcast to discuss what restructuring the curriculum to focus on proficiency levels would mean for teachers and students.

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