Barry McGaw discusses the implementation of a national curriculum, customized student testing, and an online school assessment tool designed to stimulate system-wide improvement in Australia.


Helen Janc Malone introduces this week's blog theme, "accountability and assessment systems." She writes that at the heart of the current accountability debate is a fundamental question, What is the purpose of all the collected assessment data? Are they an end game or a starting point to educational change? And, should the focus be on external accountability or, should we refocus attention on professional responsibility and internal accountability? How do we have both?


Silvina Gvirtz and Esteban Torre offer an overview of the state of the Latin American educational systems and the countries' efforts to improve education as a vehicle for educational justice.


In this must-read post, Jonathan D. Jansen describes the contours of the University of the Free State's "first generation students" (1G) academic program designed to uplift students out of poverty through college preparatory education.


Sherry L. Deckman discusses the art of crafting a critically insightful question when negotiating issues of diversity, be they racial, cultural, linguistic, economic, or beyond.


Amanda Datnow notes that in order to help low-income students succeed and graduate from college at higher rates, we need to focus both on student and institutional assets and to listen to the students' voices about what supports they need to graduate from college.


Mel Ainscow explains that efforts to foster greater equity within education systems must start with the sharing of expertise, within and between schools.


Helen Janc Malone introduces the theme for this week - equity and educational justice.


Gabriel Cámara discusses the power of tutorial networks in changing instructional practice and shaping national elementary and middle-grades education policy in Mexico.


Ann Lieberman shares international examples of education policies designed to connect teachers to the supports they need in their daily practice.


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