TIMMS test results spark controversy

This past fortnight I have talked about my schools performance on national tests to school council [NAPLAN] and now I’ve seen lots of editorials and responses in newspapers about Australia’s performance in the recent international tests in maths and science for years 4 and 8 students called TIMMS. Kevin Donnelly wrote in… Read more“TIMMS test results spark controversy”

Ethics in teaching grammar – surely not to pass tests?

I recalled a conversation I heard between Jerry Starratt and Hedley Beare recently on how metaphors can portray or even drive our thinking about curriculum when I read an article [featured in the daily newspapers in most capital cities] about the new National Curriculum. The articles were calling for a back to basics in writing by… Read more“Ethics in teaching grammar – surely not to pass tests?”

“Lessons from the Supreme Tester” by Julia Gillard

  Julia Gillard is reported to have said this month that she was blown away by the works and ideas of Joel Klein, the former Assistant Attorney General of the United States – anti trust division. Mr Klein has been the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education… Read more““Lessons from the Supreme Tester” by Julia Gillard”