Tag Archives: testing

Why some kids can’t spell and why spelling tests won’t help

By 25 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

By Misty Adoniou, University of Canberra
A couple of years ago, early one morning, I received an SMS advising “resadents to stay indoors because of a nearby insadent”. I was shocked by the spelling, as much as the message. Surely, I thought, if it was a real message then the spelling would be correct.
Spelling matters. In [...]

Testing gas heaters in Canberra?

By 17 June 2013

Now that Winter is upon us our gas heaters are in full use.  I recently read an article about the death of two little boys due to Carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide poisoning and I was wondering who do I get to test my heaters?
They are the old wall heaters and are original to the [...]

We shouldn’t take NAPLAN too seriously…

By 18 December 2012

Joy Burch is celebrating another win for the ACT’s kids and chalking it up to her education department:
ACT students continue to be among the highest performing in the country, the 2012 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy National Report released today shows.
ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch welcomed the results, which show [...]

Queensland boffins say ACT dioxin testing is rubbish

By 28 September 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Canberra Times is letting the other show drop on the “testing” by the ACT Environment Protection Authority which has so far found nothing at all from a huge open air burnoff of PCBs in the middle of Canberra.
The director of Queensland pollution testing facility Airlabs, chemical engineer Chris Clunies-Ross, said there were standard air [...]

All clear given to health effects of the Mitchell Fire

By 23 September 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate has released the results of their testing following the Mitchell Fire and announced that 420,000 litres of PCB containing oil have burned off, despite the best efforts of the Fire Brigade to pour water onto them as they burned, without any ill effects whatsover.
If the testing is accurate [...]

ACT kids smarter than other, clearly inferior models

By 10 September 2010

The ABC has the happy news that students in the ACT have outperformed the rest of the country in NAPLAN testing:
The latest results shows ACT students continuing to perform above the national average.
In most areas, ACT students are the best performing in the nation or are just below students from Victoria or NSW.
One suspects [...]

Drug testing deflected to police and the Human Rights Commission

By 23 June 2010

Jon Stanhope’s continuing efforts to stave off roadside drug testing have seen him bring in the police and the human rights commission:
The ACT Government has referred the Liberals’ random roadside drug driving Bill to the Chief Police Officer and the ACT Human Rights Commissioner following revelations that Mr Hanson failed to consult the very [...]

Greens courting the education unions

By 14 April 2010

The NAPLAN (National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy) battle continues to rage.
Essentially parents and the mainstream political parties are united in wanting access to data on children’s and schools’ performance.
Against them stand the teachers, who are refusing to administer the tests if anyone’s allowed to see the results.
The Greens’ Meredith Hunter is taking a nuanced [...]

ANU goes to the dogs

By 3 August 2009

The ANU reporter has an intriguing story on work being done by their Research School of Chemistry and Dr Mal Mcleod on figuring out how to test greyhounds for drugs.
Yet despite the increasing success of catching sports drug cheats of the human and equine varieties, the same testing methods do not apply to greyhounds. [...]

Local kids come out tops again.

By 12 September 2008

Andrew Barr is exulting in the performance of our (or rather his when the news is good) students in national testing.
The first ever national school testing results released today show that ACT students are either first or equal first amongst the States and Territories in 17 of the 20 categories tested.
The results are from [...]

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