Indigenous education group's funding cut by Abbott government

Wednesday 18 Dec, 2013
Sydney, Australia
The First Peoples Education Advisory Group, which was established to provide expert advice on improving academic results of Indigenous students, will no longer receive funding from the federal government. Instead, the government will seek advice from expert stakeholders through the Indigenous Advisory Council. The Advisory Group consisted of Indigenous academics, principals and other specialists. Read More...

Education cuts will hurt school communities

Wednesday 18 Dec, 2013
Melbourne, Australia
Federal government cuts of $1.5 billion to trade training centre funding and before and after school care have been met with incredulity by the Australian Education Union (AEU). The AEU is particularly concerned that $1.2 billion is being given to NT, WA and QLD without a requirement to allocate the funds according to need, while access to trade training centres will be greatly reduced. Read More...

Victoria's rundown schools miss out on repair funds

Wednesday 18 Dec, 2013
Melbourne, Australia
Only 19 of 37 Victorian public schools identified as having badly deteriorated buildings have been allocated funds for repairs. An audit found 34 per cent of Victoria's public school buildings need repairs or replacing, with secondary school toilets ranking highly on the list. The Napthine Government says that the audit will be used to determine which schools need maintenance funding in the future. Read More...

A push for teacher accountability meets resistance in New Mexico

Wednesday 18 Dec, 2013
New York, USA
A proposed teacher evaluation plan in the US state of New Mexico has been roundly criticised by educators. The plan, which aims to lift the state's poor academic results, relies heavily on standardised test scores to evaluate teacher effectiveness, sparking fears that test preparation will become a major teaching focus. Classroom observations also form part of the strategy. Read More...

Illustrations of personalised learning: bringing student diversity advice materials to life

Wednesday 18 Dec, 2013
Sydney, Australia
The Australian, Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority has announced the release of a set of Illustrations of Personalised Learning (IoPL). Available on the ACARA website, the IoPLs are short videos that show different ways to meet the learning needs of all students at all levels of schooling. Supporting information in areas such as Australian Curriculum and school context is also available. Read More...

HSC students score top marks despite bushfire disruption

Wednesday 18 Dec, 2013
Sydney, Australia
Students involved in fighting recent bushfires or who were evacuated due to bushfire threats still managed to perform well in NSW HSC exams, with two achieving top scores in Electrotechnology and Spanish Beginners respectively. Of the 121 first-place honours in NSW, 83 went to girls, a result that may have been influenced by the fact that many individual languages, which tend to be more popular with females, are offered. Read More...