Bruton counts on pupils to hit higher standards in maths and reading skills

Posted in Teaching on March 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Higher standards are being set for reading and maths performance among school pupils, after better-than-expected results from the 2011 Literacy and Numeracy Strategy …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 March]

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Can Irish pupils be the world’s No 1 in reading?

Posted in Teaching on December 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A new literacy strategy introduced in schools in 2012 is showing positive results, but what more is needed to reach top of the class …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 December]

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PISA global education rankings are the road to ruin – here’s why

Posted in Teaching on December 14th, 2016 by steve

International“No doubt twitchy politicians and nervous bureaucrats are still digesting the triennial OECD test scores on international educational achievement. From all the media coverage, one thing is abundantly clear: this arithmetic continues its rise as vehicle of choice for social, economic and cultural improvement worldwide …” (more)

[James Conroy, The Conversation, 14 December]

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One in six Irish teens ‘low performers’ at maths

Posted in Teaching on February 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“One in six Irish students are classified as ‘low performers’ in maths, according to an international report. The study, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Wednesday, found 17% of students in Ireland struggle with basic maths, 10% are below par in reading, and 11% are low performers in science …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 February]

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OECD and education

Posted in Teaching on February 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It was with a sense of pride in our teaching profession and our excellent education system that I read the latest report from the OECD on Low-Performing Students: Why They Fall Behind and How to Help Them Succeed? Ireland, it seems, is in the top league when it comes to reducing the number of 15-year-olds who are underperforming in maths, reading and science …” (more)

[David O’Grady, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Pushing remedial teaching higher and higher risks making a laughing stock of Irish education

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“‘I’m supposed to be lecturing on politics but in reality I’m teaching remedial English.’ It would be comforting to report that this was heard recently but it was decades ago. A basic failure in Irish education is now long standing …” (more)

[Colum McCaffery’s Weblog, 2 February]

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Literacy levels and education

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The claim that 20% of university graduates aged 20 to 34 in Ireland have ‘no more than a basic grasp of language’, which is based on a new OECD report on the PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) study, is problematic for a number of reasons …” (more)

[Gerry Shiel, Irish Times, 3 February]

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OECD apologises to Northern Ireland students for report error

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2016 by steve

UK“The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has apologised for publishing the wrong information about the reading, writing and maths skills of Northern Ireland university students …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 2 February]

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OECD report on literacy and numeracy

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I read Carl O’Brien’s article ‘OECD finds literacy an issue among university students’ (January 30th) with great dismay.The OECD reports that Irish university students have some of the poorest literacy and numeracy skills in the developed world …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 2 February]

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OECD finds literacy an issue among university students

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Irish university students have some of the poorest literacy and numeracy skills in the developed world, based on an analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Universities offer ‘literacy clinics’ for students

Posted in Teaching on January 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fiona Ó Murchú, a secondary teacher in Co Louth, regularly ploughs through students’ essays. The results are not pretty. Frequently, they come with little, if any, punctuation: ‘You have to fight your way through a forest of words to find some kind of path of understanding’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Global education targets will not be met, report finds

Posted in Teaching on March 26th, 2014 by steve

“None of the targets set in 2000 to improve basic education around the world will be met by the deadline next year, a report has found. Ireland was one of the 160 countries that agreed six goals relating to early childhood, universal primary and secondary education …” (more)

[Rachel Flaherty, Irish Times, 26 March]

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Future of third level: reader responses

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Several readers have written responses to our ongoing Future of Third Level series. Here is a selection of your contributions …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 February]

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Primary teachers should use religious class time to teach maths, says Quinn

Posted in Teaching on January 25th, 2014 by steve

“Primary school teachers who are hard pressed to find enough hours in the day to address the school curriculum should consider switching time from religious instruction to providing literacy and numeracy skills. That is the view of Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 January]

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Ranking Irish student performance

Posted in Teaching on December 18th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Dr Kenny Denny of UCD tells us (December 14th) that international ranking in Pisa tests are ‘mildly interesting’ and a ‘fetish’ concern. The variation in performance within Ireland and its causes is more interesting he tells us …” (more)

[Seán Mc Donagh, Irish Times, 18 December]

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Ranking Irish student performance

Posted in Teaching on December 15th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Some of the public comment on the Pisa 2012 scores, both here and elsewhere, shows a basic misunderstanding of what Pisa can tell us. The ‘league tables’ show where we stand, on average, relative to other participating countries – no more and no less …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Irish Times, 14 December]

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Ranking Irish student performance

Posted in Teaching on December 13th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn (Education, December 10th) rightly states that parents can take much satisfaction from the latest Pisa international comparison in which Irish students scored significantly above the OECD average in all indicators …” (more)

[Gerard Craughwell, Irish Times, 13 December]

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Irish student performance

Posted in Teaching on December 12th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Several points raised in your Editorial on the outcomes of the OECD’s 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa 2012) (December 10th) need clarification …” (more)

[Gerry Shiel and Rachel Perkins, Irish Times, 12 December]

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Student performance improves in science

Posted in Teaching on December 3rd, 2013 by steve

“The triennial Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) project always delivers a wealth of data and statistics that can be somewhat difficult to digest …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 3 December]

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Average literacy and the brain drain

Posted in Teaching on October 17th, 2013 by steve

“Our highly educated young people are emigrating to find work and avoid the dole queue. Only those left behind are surveyed …” (more)

[Sile Seery, Irish Times, 17 October]

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