Tag: Naplan

Grim Future for Our Less Educated Sons

Commentary In his latest book, “The Boy Crisis,” Warren Farrell makes this chilling point. “For the first time in American history, our sons will have less education than their dads.” Farrell explained that when girls were doing badly in maths and science, it was decided that “the trouble was with the schools.” His country tackled…


Australian Academics Find Depression Negatively Impacts Academic Outcomes but Anxiety Can Improve Them

A study conducted by the Australian National University has demonstrated that mental wellbeing of a student is a strong predictor of academic success. The study, led by Diana Cardenas showed that though depression is a strong predictor of poorer academic outcomes, anxiety in certain cases can improve student outcomes. The study examined numeracy and reading…


Australian Boys Are Falling Behind in School NAPLAN Results Reveal

Boys are falling behind girls in every category of literacy and numeracy at every school level, according to the 2021 NAPLAN results. The worst performing category overall was in Year 9 writing, with one-in-five boys (23.4 percent) failing to meet the minimum national standards (band 6), compared to the one-in-ten of girls (11.9 percent). More girls…


ATAR Concessions Not the Answer to Help Students: Study

As students in Australia’s two biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, return to school, a new study is arguing that  ATAR concessions and large sums of funding for school tutoring are unnecessary. In his latest research (pdf), Glenn Fahey from the Centre of Independent Studies found an estimated 6 to 14 percent of students likely progressed…


NSW Records Its Worst Year 9 Reading Score in NAPLAN, But National Results Surprisingly Steady

Preliminary NAPLAN results were released today revealed that Australia’s overall education performance has remained steady, but New South Wales (NSW) Year 9 students recorded the worst results in reading since the testing system began. One in ten students failed to reach the national minimum standard (NMS) for reading, putting the NSW Year 9 cohort behind…


Ditch NAPLAN Tests For System That Puts Students First: Report

The Gonski Institute for Education is calling for the government to ditch NAPLAN tests rather than reform them and replace the standardized exams with tests that put the interest of students first. In its new report, ‘Putting Students First,’ the Gonski Institute has proposed new sample-based testing of students that “builds trust and capacity,” moving away…