Rankings don’t tell whole story – but Ireland’s slide down chart can’t be ignored

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I’ve spent most of my career in education flagging the limitations of different forms of measurement. Standardised tests of the reading and mathematics achievement of children in primary schools are only a moment-in-time measure. Written tests and examinations in post-primary schools can only measure a limited range of skills …” (more)

[Anne Looney, Independent, 6 September]

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Looney to head DCU education faculty

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dr Anne Looney has been appointed as head of Dublin City University’s new Faculty of Education. The new faculty is the result of the incorporation into the university of three formerly independent colleges of education: the Catholic St Patrick’s and Mater Dei teacher training colleges, and the Church of Ireland College of Education. Dr Looney is currently CEO of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 August]

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Anne Looney named interim head of Higher Education Authority

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dr Anne Looney, the chief executive of the State’s advisory body on school curriculum and assessment, is to be appointed interim head of the Higher Education Authority. Dr Looney takes over the role at a time when many in the sector argue that third level is facing a growing funding crisis …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 June]

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Higher Education Authority announces the appointment of Dr Anne Looney as interim CEO

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Anne Looney as interim Chief Executive of the HEA effective from 1 August. She takes over from Mr Tom Boland who will retire on 31 July after nearly 13 years in post …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 23 June]

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Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“Five candidates remain in the hunt for the secretary general post in the Department of Education. But curiously there is no real front runner …” (more)

[Irish Times, 31 January]

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Programme 114, PISA pt 3, & Junior Cert Reform

Posted in Teaching on November 7th, 2011 by steve

“Guests on the programme this week included Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, and CEO of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Dr Anne Looney. They were interviewed at the launch of the plan for reforming the post-primary junior cycle programme. Minister Quinn’s address to the NCCA can be read here.” (mp3)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 6 November]

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Parents and public must accept ‘challenging’ exams

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 8th, 2011 by steve

“Parents and the public, generally, must accept the Leaving Certificate has to challenge students rather than react angrily to difficult exam papers, says the head of the agency that will lead its overhaul …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 8 September]

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Programme 105, Anne Looney – NCCA, pt 2

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 5th, 2011 by steve

“This week we bring you the second part of an interview conducted recently with Dr Anne Looney of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. In the programme Anne Looney shares her views on assessment, what education can learn from computer games, Junior Cert reform, the Leaving Certificate, the CAO points system and Transition Year …” (more, mp3)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 5 September]

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