Jo O'Mara

478 Flips | 7 Magazines | 25 Likes | 2 Following | 1,115 Followers | @joomara | Jo O'Mara is an academic researcher and lecturer at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia

Five steps to fair school funding

Loading<p>Proper needs-based funding won’t solve everything, but it is essential.<p>Step two: affirm the principles of needs-based funding. Under both …

Tanya Plibersek

Future of NAPLAN questioned as results show no change over 10 years

While NSW results have remained above the national average for all areas, years 3 and 5 reading results are the only ones that have improved by a …

Students

Bear finds a voice

What do you see when you really look at the books on your kids' shelf?<p>Take a scroll through Australia's 100 top-selling kids' picture books of last …

List-Worthy

Can you spot fake news before hitting “share”? Kids are learning and so can you

A decade-old nonprofit is using journalists and a new injection of Facebook money to help students and teachers defend democracy from an existential threat.<p>False and weaponized news is, arguably, the thing we’ll remember about politics in the early 21st century, not Donald Trump or populism or …

Fake News

One-fifth of year 9 students miss NAPLAN writing benchmark

"In a typical to slightly disadvantaged secondary school, one-third of year 7 students are still learning to read, they're reading at a year 3 or 4 …

Education

Calls to throw out WA's NAPLAN test results following release

"Writing performance continues to be a major issue in WA and beyond, and is something that needs further intervention from governments and schools in …

The 15-point advantage of NAPLAN online

While online and pen-and-paper results in reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy were comparable, Dr Howes said “writing is going …

How to read to girls

But these stats align with what we already know about movies marketed towards children. Male characters outnumber female ones and speak significantly …

Feminism

$1,000 kids paintings and 'free' auctions: some public schools have a fundraising advantage

There is another aspect of school funding inequality that does not receive the same attention as disparities in government funding for private versus …

Should you be using 'less' or 'fewer'?

As anyone who writes "Oxford comma enthusiast" in their Twitter bio will gladly tell you, English possesses quite a few rules.<p>One of these rules …

Charnwood

Principal Debbie Martens said there had been a tangible shift at the school.<p>"The biggest change I see is just that love of reading," she said.<p>"The …

Stokes scraps controversial year 9 NAPLAN policy

Mr Stokes said the introduction of a minimum standard was a reform that had widespread support, ensuring all students who receive the HSC have the …

Calls for NAPLAN review after report reveals no change in decade of results

There has been no improvement in maths and reading among students in a decade and the results of disadvantaged students have declined sharply, a …

High School

Time to drop NAPLAN? We shouldn't treat school like a competition

In relatively wealthy communities like Canberra, it's easy to forget the incredible power of a good education. Teachers change lives. Their work …

ATARS losing relevance for university admissions but students are still hooked

Every year, thousands of young school leavers receive an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank and discover where they stand in the queue for university …

Gun control: Articulate US teenagers could finally force action

On Wednesday in the US, thousands of students left their classrooms in a national day of action designed to force political change on gun …

Australian parents spend less time helping children with school work

"Solutions are unlikely to lie in schools alone and require parents to think what more they can do at home to help," Mr Birmingham said.<p>However, …

Melbourne private school in damage control after deputy headmaster's 'haircut sacking'

A prestigious Melbourne school at the centre of a controversy over the sacking of its deputy headmaster for trimming a student's hair will appoint an …

Students

'Haircut' student says he never wanted deputy to be sacked

Angered by the sacking, an ugly stoush erupted at the Kew private school on Friday afternoon, as students protested the dismissal of Mr Brown and …

'It's a lonely job': how can we help stressed-out principals?

For a number of years the evidence has been telling us that school principal wellbeing is on the decline. Only last week a principal in Western …

Education

Students released from hospital after drug overdose at Gold Coast private school

All seven students who were rushed to hospital after overdosing at a Gold Coast private school have been discharged, six days after the incident.<p>Four …

Gold Coast

VCE students to face minimum literacy, numeracy standards under proposed shake-up

Victorian students could face another test in order to finish secondary school, with the State Government considering introducing minimum standards …

Education

Australian students go backwards in maths, reading and science: report

"Solutions are unlikely to lie in schools alone and require parents to think what more they can do at home to help," Mr Birmingham said.<p>However, Mr …

Seven things teachers agree on about teaching reading in Australia. Stop all the political haranguing over phonics

There is widespread agreement among educators and school communities about the importance of teaching phonics and other code-based literacy practices …

How the humble school uniform became a luxury branding item

Every year, as children make their way back to school after the long summer holiday, school uniforms seem to be debated in the media.<p>Why? Because …

PISA-shock: how we are sold the idea our PISA rankings are shocking and the damage it is doing to schooling in Australia

When the first PISA results were released in 2001, there was a reaction in Germany that is now referred to as ‘PISA-shock’. It was likened to a …

Fake news, hoax images: How to spot a digitally altered photo from the real deal - Science News - ABC News

A shark swimming down a flooded road. A bunch of missiles blasting off in unison during an Iranian missile test.<p>At first glance they might seem …

Experts slam NAPLAN, call for federal review — EducationHQ Australia

The push comes in the wake of the Queensland Teachers’ Union’s victorious campaign to scrap the compulsory rollout of NAPLAN Online testing.<p>Associate …