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Inside Teaching : October 2010
www.atra.edu.au | email@example.com QUIZ 55 Inside Teaching | August 2010 www.atra.edu.au | firstname.lastname@example.org ANSWERS 1. The release of the new national curriculum for years Kindergarten to Year 10 in English, maths, science and history; 2. locker and bag raids using police sniffer dogs; 3. 19; 4. Sydney Girls High School; 5. Victoria; 6. $2 million; 7. which school the money should support; 8. teacher salaries or capital works; 9. several thousand; 10. 200; 11. 25,000; 12. the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria; 13. Queensland and the Northern Territory; 14. Australian Primary Principals Association president Leonie Trimper; 15. Queensland Teachers Union president Steve Ryan. 1 What national education reform will be delayed, from October until December this year? 2 What new approach is being used in Western Australian schools to address illegal drug use by students? 3 In August, a Tasmanian secondary school teacher conducted blood tests on her students as part of a science class; how many students did she test using just two unsterilised lancets? 4 Students from which educational institution will soon have a paper on K 1-6, a rare type of planetary nebula, published by the Astronomical Society of Australia? 5 National tax laws make it difficult for philanthropists to donate to government schools, while independent schools are able to gain ‘charitable organisation’ tax status and receive funds from alumni. Which Australian state has recently established a charitable foundation to facilitate philanthropic donations to government schools? 6 How much money has that state government committed to match donations? 7 According to the Australian Education Union, what should businesses and philanthropists who donate money to the charitable foundation be able to specify? 8 What can’t the donations be spent on? 9 According to a study of more than 4,000 British children, how many genes does scientist Professor Robert Plomin believe control intelligence: two or three; about a hundred; or several thousand? 10 How many of these have been identified? 11 Approximately how many individual genes does a human have: 25,000; 250,000; or 2.5 million? 12 Name the three top- performing states or territories, on average, in the 2010 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). 13 Which two states or territories showed most improvement? 14 Regarding NAPLAN, who said: ‘It’s far more beneficial for schools to just have students not turn up on the day.... Parents can request that their children are exempt from the test; more are now conscientiously objecting against the assessment’? 15 Who said, of having educational posters on the walls during NAPLAN tests and teachers reading questions aloud to students: ‘That’s not cheating, that’s just personal support’? The Quiz