Achieving reading comprehension growth for high capacity students: Realising the potential for Australia’s high capacity students

S Harding, Nives Nibali, Patrick Griffin, L Graham, Jessica Arnup, Narelle English, M Alom, Zhonghua Zhang

Assessment Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education | Published : 2018


A previous Assessment Research Centre study “Assessment and Learning Partnerships” showed that despite overall average gains in student reading and mathematics, almost all the gains were achieved among the bottom quartile group of students and at low levels of proficiency in both reading and mathematics. This phenomenon was referred to by Professor Patrick Griffin as “flatlining” (Topsfield, 2013). The lack of growth among high capacity students (top 25% of a class in a particular subject) in reading and mathematics was notable. Analysis of value-added achievement at the teacher level showed that there were variable impacts between teachers at every level of proficiency, and within teachers,..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This research is supported under the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects funding scheme (LP140100236, Realising the Potential of Australia’s High Capacity Students), in partnership with the State of Victoria as represented by the Department of Education and Training.