This morning, I appeared as a witness at the New South Wales (NSW) parliamentary inquiry into the recent NSW Curriculum Review conducted by Professor Geoff Masters. This was prompted by my submission to this inquiry. I appeared alongside Dr. Fiona Mueller whose submission was far more comprehensive than mine.
As part of this process, I was able to submit further documents. So, I sent my chapter on differentiation from The researchED Guide to Education Myths which expanded on points I made in my submission and I wrote a piece explicitly dealing with the concept of Learning Progressions.
I hope I did myself justice. I found myself rabbiting on a little, in contrast to the carefully weighed and measured comments of Dr Mueller. The fact is that there is so much I want to say on this topic and careening around the finer points of international comparisons was probably not needed. At one point, I lost the thread and at another, I failed to explain my alternative to learning progressions. Thankfully, Dr Mueller made this point – we need a set of rigorous assessments.