Educator: Focusing on low-performing students has hurt national scores

01/31/2008 | Age (Melbourne, Australia), The

Australia's focus on improving the scores of struggling students rather than helping the best students rise even higher has caused the country to fall behind recently in international reading scores, according to professor Barry McGaw, chairman of the country's National Curriculum Board. Educators and government officials should work to improve the performance of students at all levels, he said, adding, "The debate should not be constructed around the notion that you can only do one thing at a time."

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