Report Cards for Schools Down Under

August 28, 2008 1 min read

It’s funny how school improvement ideas around the globe often sound similar themes.

As part of Australia’s “education revolution,” Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced a plan to require school report cards as a condition for receiving federal funding, according to this recent article in The Australian.

Rudd, who was elected in November, has also promised to appoint a board to craft a national curriculum, an effort that has been pushed in Australia for decades. The call for national academic standards here in the U.S. has also gained new traction recently.

Believe it or not, the plan to put a national curriculum in place throughout the commonwealth by 2011 has fueled fierce debate.

Sound familiar?

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.