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Brightest students not being challenged

Thursday, 19 Mar 2015

Too many of Australia’s most able students are coasting at school and not achieving their true potential, the Chief Executive of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) will tell an education conference starting today.

Population boom spurs demand for more teachers, new schools

Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015

A new report released today by the Centre for Education Policy and Practice at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) reveals a growing population is increasing demand for teachers as well as additional classrooms and even new schools. The report shows that the population of students is already rising in primary schools, and will begin flowing through to secondary school from 2018. 

New book helps children prep for Prep

Friday, 23 Jan 2015

A new book from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) helps parents teach young children to handle the challenges of starting school.

School scholarships identify best of the best

Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015

With the new school year just around the corner, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has reminded parents of students seeking a scholarship that applications for the 2016 school year are closing soon.

Effective mathematics education strategies for students with Down syndrome

Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014

Research in Victoria and the ACT has found that effective support for students with Down syndrome in learning mathematics in inclusive classrooms addresses the skilful adjustment of the mathematics program. The research also reveals the critical importance of maintaining a clear mathematical focus so that teaching teams can adapt their approach to meet the individual needs of students with Down syndrome.

Civic and citizenship knowledge supports democracy

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014

The percentage of Australian school students with the skills and knowledge required to be active and informed citizens has remained stable between 2010 and 2013, according to a report by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) released today by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

Australian students ready for a digital future

Thursday, 20 Nov 2014

Australian Year 8 students are developing the computer and information literacy skills necessary for successful participation in the digital world, according to national and international reports released simultaneously today. The world's first computer-based international study into computer and information literacy, the International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) was coordinated internationally by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) for the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement.

Teaching snapshot reveals ageing workforce

Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014

The Australian report from the second cycle of the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) of teachers and principals of students in Years 7 to 10, released today, has found that the number of teachers aged 50 years and older is rising, while the number aged 30 years or younger is falling. It also reveals that only two-thirds of teachers say their teacher training program prepared them for the job, and between five per cent and eight per cent of teachers are teaching out of field. The Australian report complements the international report released by the OECD in June.

Students learn by making video games

Saturday, 1 Nov 2014

Winning games in the inaugural Australian STEM Video Game Challenge, announced at 10.30am, Saturday 1 November, at PAX in Melbourne, show that students learn from creating games, as much as from playing them.

Upskill teachers to fill staffing shortages, survey suggests

Monday, 20 Oct 2014

Around 40 per cent of secondary school principals and 20 per cent of Australia’s primary school principals report having either major or moderate difficulty in suitably filling staff vacancies, findings from Australia’s national teaching workforce survey reveal.

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