Dan Tehan, the education minister of Australia, has insisted on the education authorities to endorse the “back-to-basics” approach in their classrooms. After attending a meeting on Wednesday with officials from 8 Australian states and territories, Dan asked them to stride faster and attain new learning milestones that track the overall development of the students.
These milestones will gauge the proficiency of each student in Literature and Mathematics against a standard benchmark. At the same time, it will also help tutors to cater to the individual needs of the scholars.
The meeting followed the poor performance of students in the international test. The results depicted the worst ever performance of Australian students in niches like reading, science, mathematics in the test initiative recently launched for student assessment, known as the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The results of this test came out in December.
We will present a very detailed paper on all the initial work as to how this can be implemented and then ask for the agreement to move quickly to the next stage,
Tehan spoke in an interview on Monday.
Streamlining the metrics of student performance assessment and tracking individual growth of the students’ will be the primary objectives of the desired “back to basics” approach. Tehan is the pioneer of this approach that is anticipated to alter the results of the next PISA with its new protocols and teaching methods.
Until you’ve got improvement in literacy and numeracy, we are not going to see the gains that we want to be seeing,
he said on Monday.
He said that the administration might have had other notions regarding the development and hence focused more on secondary things, which were unnecessary.
He believes that with a little change in teaching and assessment approaches, better results, and favorable future prospects for the students as well as the nation can be obtained.