Improving teacher quality, granting schools greater autonomy and resourcing education equitably have been highlighted as some of the unifying traits of the world's top-performing school systems.
Australian students report high levels of noise and disruption in their classroom and at rates worse than the US or Britain, a factor which education experts say is linked to low levels of literacy and numeracy and is contributing to the country's worsening performance.
Australia's ranking in international education league tables only tells you so much, because in truth there are many Australias.
Australian high school students' achievement in maths and reading has slumped over the past decade, while huge gaps persist based on wealth, location, gender and whether students are indigenous.
Australians' ability to read and write has continued to decline over the lifespan of the former Howard government's school funding model, introduced in 2001.
Thousands of teachers across the state will walk off the job for a two-hour stop work meeting on Tuesday morning, to discuss their salaries and work conditions.
School culture is just part of the story of ATAR achievement.
While trolling for topics, our nets hauled up the Ocean Health Index, a well-intentioned conservation venture whose findings appear to be drowning in some clunky mathematics.
The Deakin course would suit teachers, librarians and others working with children.
MBAs have proved to be magnets for attracting overseas fee-paying students.
Power has been cut to about 10,700 homes across western Sydney and the Hawkesbury.
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