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NETHERLANDS - Educational council promotes more improvement and less accountability-oriented policy

Ruim baan voor stapsgewijze verbeteringen in het onderwijs
Grootschalige onderwijsvernieuwingen hebben in het onderwijs vaak niet tot de verwachte resultaten geleid.
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NETHERLANDS - 30 Elementary schools participate in pilot Pre-K grade

De gelukkigen zijn bekend: basisschool de Horizon in Delft is één van de dertig basisscholen die deelnemen aan de pilot startgroep. De verwachtingen van directeur Aad van Konijnenburg zijn hooggespannen: “Ik verwacht dat de startgroep over vijf jaar breed ingevoerd wordt.”

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NEW ZEALAND - Act wants schools to be free to set up branches

NEW ZEALAND - Act wants schools to be free to set up branches | What's New(s)? | Scoop.it
Act leader Don Brash wants top state schools including Auckland Grammar to have the freedom to set up franchises elsewhere, including blue-collar areas such as Porirua.
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NEW ZEALAND - Nats plan personality tests for new teachers

NEW ZEALAND - Nats plan personality tests for new teachers | What's New(s)? | Scoop.it
Aspiring teachers will have to undergo personality tests to make it into the profession under changes proposed by the National Party.
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CANADA - Quebec, PEI, Manitoba surge ahead on early childhood education

CANADA - Quebec, PEI, Manitoba surge ahead on early childhood education | What's New(s)? | Scoop.it
Ontario and B.C.lag behind top provinces as Alberta flunks out...
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SOUTH KOREA - Some schools in Seoul will be limited in accepting multicultural students

SOUTH KOREA - Some schools in Seoul will be limited in accepting multicultural students | What's New(s)? | Scoop.it

Starting next year, some schools in Seoul will limit admissions of multicultural students. A number of prestigious schools in Korea reserve a certain percentage of places for economically disadvantaged Korean or multicultural students. Last year, nearly half of the reserved places went to multicultural students, leading to criticisms that economically disadvantaged students could not take advantage of the admission benefit. Recent data from the Seoul city government shows that number of students from multicultural backgrounds attending pre-college schools in the capital exceeded 6,800 - a 30% increase from last year.

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AUSTRIA - Multilingual classrooms are a reality in Austria.

Multilingual classrooms are a reality in Austria. In Vienna, for example, recent data shows that 42% of students have a first language that is not German. One expert argues that, as a result, the way German is taught has to be reconsidered, because learning German as a second language demands completely different didactical/curricular approaches than learning about German as a native.

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NETHERLANDS - Political debate about minimum 'teaching hours'

NETHERLANDS - Political debate about minimum 'teaching hours' | What's New(s)? | Scoop.it

Dutch parliament will probably not accept the Ed.Secr. proposal to lower the minimum number of teaching hours in Dutch secondary education from 1,040 to 1,000. Even though this minimum is higher than in most European countries, the Dutch 'Freedom Party' will oppose lowering it. At the same time, the remainder of the opposition parties will block another part of the proposed legislation, namely to reduce the summer holiday from seven to six weeks.

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CANADA - Report calls for update of parent councils - Parentcentral.ca

According a new report, parent councils in Ontario which were originally intended to improve student achievement, have evolved into something quite different. The original policy was designed to “enhance the accountability of the education system to parents” and “improve pupil achievement.” However, the report suggests that the councils are seen largely as a means of communicating with families, promoting school safety, and fundraising.

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Summer-born children 'less likely to attend top universities' - Telegraph

Summer-born children 'less likely to attend top universities' - Telegraph | What's New(s)? | Scoop.it

A recent study from the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows that the youngest children lag behind older classmates by the age of seven and then struggle to catch up afterward. Those born in August are 20% more likely to take vocational qualifications at college and a fifth less likely to attend an elite university than those with September birthdays.

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Principals' freedom is a winner with schools

Principals' freedom is a winner with schools | What's New(s)? | Scoop.it

In line with the trend seen in other Australian states, the pilot program to give principals in the New South Wales state greater freedom to choose staff on merit without being subject to priority transfer arrangements administered by the education department is gaining momentum.

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Addendum to Singapore President's address

Ministry of Education, Singapore (Oct 13, 2011) In this addendum to the President’s Address following of the opening of the new term of Parliament, the Singapore education ministry describes efforts to strengthen its focus on the delivery of a stronger holistic education that supports strong values, a good knowledge and skills base, and 21st century competencies.

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NETHERLANDS - Dutch Department of Education starts experiments with teacher merit pay

NETHERLANDS - Dutch Department of Education starts experiments with teacher merit pay | What's New(s)? | Scoop.it
Wilt uw schoolbestuur meedoen aan het experiment voor prestatiebeloning in het onderwijs? Lees meer hierover op Rijksoverheid.nl.
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CANADA - Canadian students make the grade in mathematics according to major new report

"A major new report released today by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), indicates that over 90 per cent of Canadian students in Grade 8 are achieving at or above their expected level of performance in mathematics. Almost half are achieving above their expected level."

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AUSTRALIA - Religion, ethics may be in new curriculum

AUSTRALIA - Religion, ethics may be in new curriculum | What's New(s)? | Scoop.it
Religion, ethics may be in new curriculum...
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NEW ZEALAND - Labour's school laptops plan 'should go further'

NEW ZEALAND - Labour's school laptops plan 'should go further' | What's New(s)? | Scoop.it
Labour's plan to give laptops or netbooks to 31,000 children in low-decile schools has been welcomed - but with a warning it doesn't go far enough and middle-class children could be...
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NEW ZEALAND - Principals reject education policy

NEW ZEALAND - Principals reject education policy | What's New(s)? | Scoop.it
Principals are rejecting National's education policy as the lowest point of this year's general election campaign.
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NORWAY - "Competence for Quality" is a new strategy for PD for teachers in 2012-2015

Strategien "Kompetanse for kvalitet 2009 - 2012" er en varig satsing på videreutdanning for lærere. Lærere med høy faglig og pedagogisk kompetanse er en viktig forutsetning for elevenes læring og bidrar til gode elev...
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ENGLAND - Ethnic minority pupils 'soar by half in a decade'

ENGLAND - Ethnic minority pupils 'soar by half in a decade' | What's New(s)? | Scoop.it

The number of pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds in English secondary schools has soared by more than half in a decade, according to research. The research analysed the changing demographics of English secondary schools between 1999 and 2009. The disclosure – in a study by King’s College London – comes just weeks after a leading headmaster warned that children in some inner-city areas were being taught in “ghettos.” David Levin, head of City of London School, said parts of the capital were starting to resemble apartheid-era South Africa, with black and white pupils being segregated in different schools at a young age.

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AUSTRIA - Half of the teachers are against all day schooling

AUSTRIA - Half of the teachers are against all day schooling | What's New(s)? | Scoop.it

A recent study of 500 teachers shows that more than half of teachers with at least 20 years of service are against all-day-schooling. 60% of teachers with less experience also oppose all-day-schooling. At this point, all-day-schooling in Austria is seen as a voluntary service by each school. The press for all-day-schooling comes amid concerns about Austria’s performance on international tests and debates over the recent educational referendum which were held at the beginning of November.

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NETHERLANDS - Innovations in education should be gradual, says Dutch Ed. advisory board

NETHERLANDS - Innovations in education should be gradual, says Dutch Ed. advisory board | What's New(s)? | Scoop.it

A key advisory board for Dutch education (Onderwijsraad) argues that structural innovations in the educational system should be implemented gradually instead of all at once. The experience with large-scale momentous innovations has been disappointing. Educational research and practice appear to hinder rather than support each other. The Advisory Board proposes that 1. schools, researchers and developers create 'networks'; 2. an independent 'directorate' provide subsidies for educational R&D; 3. the Dutch government develops better ways of monitoring the effectiveness of their policies.

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AUSTRALIA - Top marks as students grade the teachers

AUSTRALIA - Top marks as students grade the teachers | What's New(s)? | Scoop.it

Student surveys have been used in schools in Victoria since 2005 when they were introduced by the former Labor government as a part of a performance and development initiative. The reforms asked schools to choose multiple methods of assessment such as student results, peer observations, student feedback, parent feedback, attendance data and student surveys, to provide feedback to teachers. However a recent report found schools used the assessment methods inconsistently. 63% of teachers also said appraisal of their work has little impact on their teaching.

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Pres. Lee vows to establish society without academic discrimination

President Lee Myung-bak argued that the main cause behind youth unemployment is the country's excessively high number of students who go to college. In Korea, 8 out of every 10 high school graduates go to college, almost double the number in other major advanced countries. To address the issue, the President pledged to raise the government's quota of jobs for high school graduates and to expand employment based on recommendations rather than academic degrees.

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The right to free education act's passage (India)

The Indian parliament has passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE), 2009. The model rules of the Act were released recently and the Act came into effect from April 1, 2010. The Act states that every child from six to fourteen has a right to free and compulsory education in a neighborhood school through the elementary grades. However, challenges to providing education of comparable quality across the contexts remain.

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