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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Reading between the lines

Genevieve Costigan

A research project has analysed a range of standardised reading comprehension tests aimed at Grade 3 and 4 children to see whether the statistics from the tests could help teachers better target the reading development level of their students. The project was a collaboration between the Catholic Education Office Melbourne and a research team from the University of Melbourne, and teachers from 19 Victorian schools. After one year the gains in children’s reading at all of the schools were three times the State's average gain in reading achievement. In one school it was five times the state average gain.

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A national curriculum: inevitable compromise or a golden opportunity?

Independent Schools Queensland 

With planning for a national curriculum now well underway, the article reviews a range of proposals – ISQ Briefings.

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Child neglect and the 'Little Children are Sacred' report

Nettie Flaherty, Chris Goddard

The Little Children are Sacred report missed an important opportunity to address child neglect as a pressing issue for Aboriginal children – Children Australia.

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The complex world of adolescent literacy

Elizabeth Birr Moje, Melanie Overby, Nicole Tysvaer, Karen Morris

Researchers examine what, how often and why secondary students read, and suggest ways to interest young people in subject-based reading materials – Harvard Educational Review.

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Catholic schools face critical point in their history

Stephanie Harrington

A range of commentators offer their views on the state and direction of Catholic schooling in Australia – Australian Teacher Magazine.

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