Review

The Secret Research Report

The important research by Richard Teese makes it clear that, under current funding regimes, the exercise of choice by some parents erodes quality for others. The concentration of advantage in some schools concentrates disadvantage in others. Funds for equity fight funds for choice. Choice should be managed so as to ensure that segregation does not occur and that public schools are fully supported as regards their viability and their vitality as community assets.

A Culture of Poverty? The Debate generated by the extraordinary reach of Ruby Payne

The original intent of this article was to gather together the debate and provide what might best be described as a select annotated bibliography on the topic of Ruby Payne and her amazing reach across schools across the US but also apparently in Australia. However just as I was consolidating all the articles I stumbled across a blog by Larry Ferlazzo posted on 6 February 2012 that obviously had the same idea. So I have started with his website but kept the extracts from some of the articles I have sourced that were not picked up by Ferlazzo.

The Revolution in the Classroom Debate

The Four Corners program on Monday, 6 February 2012, presented by Kerry O'Brien profiled three schools, one independent and two government, who are paying close attention to teacher quality by focussing on instructional practice. The program has led to quite a debate, and in this article I profile the commentary from teachers and others.

The Debate over Teacher Value-Add and Student Outcomes in Adulthood

Can the relationship between high performing teachers and students be observed and assessed at the individual level? On 15 January an article by Alicia Wood (Putting a dollar value on having top teachers, SMH) pronounced that good teachers can influence the earning power, teenage pregnancy rates and university enrolments of their students.

Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right.

The book aims to explore accountability measures and in particular No child left behind – it asks questions about how schools should be held accountable? What are the goals of education, and do the current measurement systems give an indication of progress towards all of those goals? The authors are suggesting that the act of holding the education systems accountable, changes the way people operate within the system, depending on what is measured, how it is reported and how the information generated is used. A model of an alternative accountability process is described with a view of identifying how the public might hold schools and other institutions of youth development accountable for adequate performance.

Strong Futures in the NT - A New Approach or Just a New Name?

This article provides a broad update on the latest development in the NT emergency response with a particular emphasis on the education issues.

Assault on our Future – the impact of violence on young people and their relationships

It is widely recognised that violence against women is a significant problem affecting as many as one in three women in Australia. This widespread violence has impacts more widely on families and communities throughout our society.

Leadership for Evidence Informed School Education

This article reviews the evidence on the ways in which practitioners in education find and use research and the role of organisation factors in promoting the use of research. The article concludes with a discussion of steps that school and district leaders could take to increase the profile of research in their organisations.

OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education _Australia

This report, based on a visit by a team of OECD experts, concludes that while the overall evaluation and assessment framework appears as highly sophisticated and well conceptualised, especially at its top level (national and systemic levels), there is a less clear articulation of ways for the national agenda to generate improvements in classroom practice through the assessment and evaluation procedures which are closer to the place of learning.

D Ravitch, The Death and Life of the Great American School System - Book Review by Jim Cumming

This book explores the negative consequences of a raft of inter-related reform strategies implemented in the United States to improve the quality of school education. These strategies include increased emphases on accountability, testing, freedom of choice, charter schools and merit pay for teachers. One of the key objectives of author Diane Ravitch is "to explain how these mistaken policies are corrupting educational values".

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