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One in three tertiary students considers non-completion: AUSSE

A third of Australian and New Zealand tertiary students seriously consider leaving their institutions before graduation, according to results from a new study of student engagement conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and released on 24 April.

A representative sample of more than 25,000 students from 29 Australian and New Zealand universities participated in the latest cycle of the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE), conducted in 2008 – the largest and most advanced survey of its kind.

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Reporting and comparing school performances

Nationally comparable data about school performances should be reported to the public, but should not be used to create league tables, according to a new paper from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).  

The paper, Reporting and Comparing School Performances, has been prepared for the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs to provide advice on national schools data collection and reporting for school evaluation, accountability and resource allocation.

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Pre-school must have educational focus, says UK early learning expert

Early childhood learning and school systems should promote young children’s cognitive as well as social and emotional development and focus on improving transitions for young children, UK early childhood learning expert Professor Iram Siraj-Blatchford, Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of London and President of the British Association for Early Childhood Education, told educators in a series of seminars for the Australian Council for Educational Research in March and April.

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Supply of and demand for HDR qualifications in Australia

ACER is the successful bidder for the Australian Government Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) project on the current and future supply of, and demand for higher degree by research (HDR) qualifications. The research will examine the current situation of people with HDR qualifications who are already in the workforce, identify factors that influence demand, and identify factors that influence supply of people with HDR qualifications. The project will be completed by the end of June. The Centre of Policy Studies at Monash University will provide input into the work.

Leading Lights of Learning

ACER Chief Executive, Professor Geoff Masters, will present Recommendations and Directions from the 'Masters' Review-Improving Literacy, Numeracy and Science in Queensland Schools'at a breakfast hosted by ACER's Brisbane office as part of its Leading Lights of Learning series on 27 May.

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