The next round of NAPLAN tests will be held 12-14 May 2015. Robert Randall, ACARA CEO, has discussed the value of the tests in an article in The Telegraph 22 April 2015. For critical comment on the tests see article in The Telegraph and article in The Conversation, both 21 April 2015. NAPLAN is an annual literacy and numeracy assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.
ABC Splash offers a wealth of interactive educational resources for use in the classroom or home. The most popular topics for primary and secondary students are now available via new, free apps for use on iPad. See article in EducationHQ 21 April 2015.
The Australian Learning Lecture (ALL) is a biennial lecture series bringing big ideas in education to national attention. The free lecture series will be conducted over 10 years and will work to strengthen the value of learning for all Australians. The inaugural lecture delivered by Sir Michael Barber, will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 21 May 2015.
The Australian Government has released the results of the 2014 International Student Survey, which documents research into the experiences of international students studying in Australia. See statement 20 April 2015 from Christopher Pyne, Australian Minister for Education and Training.
Submissions to the Review of the Tasmanian Education Act are now available online. Tasmania's Education Act regulates education in the Government, Catholic and Independent education sectors, as well as home education.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced extra funding for Queensland’s Schools of Distance Education to help relieve the financial pressures faced by drought-affected families in remote areas.
An article on the Edutopia blog 16 April 2015 offers tips for educators on dealing with stress and avoiding burnout.
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