Time to scrap the OP score in favour of national rating system, say Queensland educators by Robyn Ironside July 09, 2012 EDUCATORS say the move to a national curriculum means now is a good time to scrap what they describe as an outdated way to rank Queensland's high school students - the Overall Position score or OP.
Introduced in 1992 in place of the Tertiary Entrance (TE) score, the OP shows how well a student has performed in their senior secondary studies on a scale of one to 25, compared with all other OP-eligible students.
But its relevance is now being questioned, with the proportion of OP-eligible students plunging to 55.8 per cent last year, down from 81.7 per cent when it was first introduced.
PARENTAL occupation and education levels have less influence on whether students finish year 12 than factors such as being suspended, repeating a grade or risky behaviour, a new study has found.
While previous research has identified a strong link between students completing year 12 and measures of their parents' education or occupational status, a report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, released today, found that the main predictors of year 12 completion were factors such as poor school experiences, low aspirations, smoking and consumption of alcohol.
This presentation is by Steve Wheeler, who gave the keynote at the e-learning 2.0 conference at Brunel University in West London. It contains a number of facts and raises a number of issues which may be useful in ICT discussions in schools.
Students struggle to evaluate credibility on the net A study of students’ ability to evaluate digital texts has revealed that teenagers find it particularly difficult to determine the credibility and trustworthiness of material on the internet. ACER Senior Research Fellow Tom Lumley and ACER Research Director Juliette Mendelovits report on research investigating how well young people deal with information online.
The study found that 15-year olds were more capable at identifying contradictory information during online reading, than when critically evaluating digital texts for credibility and trustworthiness which was relatively challenging for students. So-called ‘digital natives’ need to be taught how to make evaluations and be given criteria for helping them do so.
There has been some discussion in UK papers throughout the past week about the value of reading for pleasure in a child's education. The discussion came about as a result of a survey of 400 teachers conducted by Pearson.
Children with short attention spans 'failing to read books' By Graeme Paton, Education Editor 20 Jun 2012
Growing numbers of children are being turned off books by the end of primary school because of the influence of the internet and lack of reading in the home, according to research.
More than four-in-10 teachers said children failed to read for pleasure at the age of 11, it emerged.
The study – by the publisher Pearson – found that many schools fear children have short attention spans and prefer to spend time online rather than reading a novel.
Koori students lag in national tests Jewel Topsfield June 27, 2012
UP TO 20 per cent of Koori students fail national literacy and numeracy tests even though Victoria does not have remote, disadvantaged indigenous communities like other states.
A report says Victoria is an ''outlier'' in showing almost no improvement in NAPLAN failure rates, despite federal targets to halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy between indigenous and non-indigenous students by 2018.
Only Queensland and Western Australia are making significant progress towards meeting the target, with the number of indigenous students failing NAPLAN tests increasing in all other states.
This Radio National program raises issues about indigenous literacy. Jeanie Adams of Black Ink Press in Townsville, Northern Queensland, talks about some of the reasons for low literacy among many indigenous Australians. One of her key arguments is that indigenous youth/students are not well represented in fiction novels, therefore are unlikely to engage in reading. The link to the program is here.