Evaluation of the implementation of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: expressions of interest invited
AITSL, in collaboration with the Centre for Program Evaluation at the University of Melbourne, will be undertaking case studies to understand and showcase successful implementation practices across Australia. Participation is open to all schools, educational facilities and other organisations that are implementing the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, as individual sites or consortia. This is an exciting opportunity for education stakeholders to shape national practices and help drive teacher quality reforms. Participants will have the opportunity to explore successful implementation of the Standards, understand what implementation looks like in diverse settings, investigate practices that support and hinder implementation, inform and shape national implementation, showcase and share effective and innovative practice, and contribute to the development of support materials. Expressions of interest are open 31 March – 9 May 2014. See further information online or contact APSTevaluation@aitsl.edu.au.
National Literacy and Numeracy Week is to be held 25–31 August 2014. This is the 16th National Literacy and Numeracy Week to celebrate the importance of literacy and numeracy skills in schools across Australia.
The Senate Committee on the Effectiveness of the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy has published a report on 27 March 2014. See article in The Age and article in the Canberra Times both 28 March 2014. See also the series of four short videos posted by ACARA on Youtube, in which representatives of a number of Australian parent group bodies answer questions commonly asked about NAPLAN.
Rob Randall, CEO of ACARA, has responded to common questions about the Australian Curriculum during an interview on ABC radio, 14 March 2014. The interview takes up issues such as whether the curriculum is too crowded, how well it covers 'the basics' and whether some subjects are too advanced for students.
The connection between school socioeconomic status and student outcomes appears to have increased significantly since 1975, according to a new report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. The report draws on data from the Youth in Transition study and the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth. See NCVER media release 17 March 2014, linked to the full report.
Origin’s Energy Savers schools program has been relaunched this month, under the name of Energy for Schools, with many new resources for years 3–8, aligned to the Australian Curriculum. The site includes 38 new and improved classroom activity sheets across all levels, new educational videos with captioning and IWB compatibility, three new quizzes that are iPad compatible, and more games for the classroom.
A post on the Edutopia blog 12 March 2014 suggests four technologies to help students express their views in the classroom.