PLATO Education News Archive

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Just when we thought OBE and "levelling" were dead, buried and cremated...

the "National Curriculum" folk at ACARA [Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority] have deviated from their straightforward K-10 Achievement Standards. Instead they have developed nebulous "assessment standards" rubrics for the senior years 11-12 that bear a remarkable similarity to the utterly discredited "levelling" attempted in Western Australia's failed OBE experiment.

Indeed, they look suspiciously like the maligned Queensland criteria-standards rubrics (or grids or "matrices"), which are essentially HOTS [Higher Order Thinking Skills]. Such has been the effect of Queensland's higher-order thinking tasks and ambiguous testing standards in years 11-12, that Queensland is now the number-one school drop-out state!

Australia is already lagging in international tests. One can only wonder at the effect of testing year 11-12 subjects via the vague "standards" published in December 2012 by ACARA.

Is Australia once again going down the same path of adopting yet another fad that has already been discredited and discarded overseas?

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PLATO Education News Archive [22 May 2006 – 26 April 2009]

From 22 May 2006 through 26 April 2009, PLATO created a very comprehensive searchable archive of major education news stories from WA, Australia and around the world. More than 10,000 articles are included [full text for significant items; excerpts and links for the rest].

The archive may be searched by key words, article title, author or publisher, or accessed chronologically.

Our education news archive includes items from: The West Australian, The Australian, The Sunday Times, PerthNow Online News, Perth Community Newspapers, The Geraldton Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sydney Sun-Herald, The Sydney Daily Telegraph, The Canberra Times, The Melbourne Age, The Melbourne Herald-Sun, The Brisbane Courier-Mail, The Brisbane Sunday Mail, The Adelaide Advertiser, The South Australia Sunday Mail, The Hobart Mercury, The Sunday Tasmanian, The Tasmania Examiner (Launceston), The Northern Territory News, The New Zealand Herald, The Dominion Post (Wellington, New Zealand), The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Miami Herald, Time Magazine, CNN, various US regional, state, and local newspapers, The Montreal Gazette, The International Herald Tribune, The Times (London), The Mail – Guardian – Observer (UK), The Independent (UK), The Telegraph (UK), The Durban Daily News (South Africa), The Port Elizabeth Herald (South Africa), Cape Argus (Cape Town, South Africa), (Malaysian National News Agency),, and Australian, US and UK radio / TV coverage and official media statements.

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Chronological index:

2006   2007   2008   2009

Noteworthy articles:

Significant OBE news stories from 2006
The Top Education News Stories from 2007
The Top Education News Stories from 2008
The Top Education News Stories from 2009

Hansard Highlights [March 2006 – April 2009]

Links to all major education discussions and debates in the WA Parliament

2006   2007   2008   2009

The failed OBE experiment in WA was effectively dispatched in 2009, but unfortunately the stench, and damage, linger.

Are the OBE chickens coming home to roost? was a response to the markers' reports on the appalling standard of written expression and basic numeracy shown in the 2010 WACE Exams.

Click here to hear Marko Vojkovic's interview with Paul Murray on Perth radio station 6PR, 14 March 2011 [3.5 MB .mp3 audio file]

Worth a Look
A short article (lots of graphics): The World's Most Educated Countries
[from Education News, 28 January 2013]


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Updated 30 January, 2013