Victorian Education Minister Fails in His Response to Criticism of Funding Guarantee for Private SchoolsPosted on Wednesday March 4, 2015
The claim of the Victorian Education Minister that Victorian Government funding of private schools is based on need is highly misleading, even disingenuous.
The Victorian Labor Government has legislated to ensure that funding increases for public schools will automatically flow on in part to private schools without regard to need. It breaches the Gonski principle of funding according to need.
UN expert calls on governments to oppose privatising basic education and to strengthen their public systems to ensure free, quality, basic education for all.
The future of education policy in Australia is about whether to improve equity in education or compound privilege. Full implementation of the Gonski funding plan would deliver increased equity.
Study says that closing the achievement gap between rich and poor would increased economic growth and government revenue and reduce income inequality.
The Victorian Auditor-General has found that parents in public schools are being charged for items and activities that should be free.
New figures show that governments have massively favoured private schools with funding increases far above those for public schools.
OECD report says that disadvantaged students in Australia face severe educational shortfalls. It says that Australia should act to improve equity in education.
A second report by the UK House of Commons says that school autonomy in England is letting schools fall through the gap.
A UK House of Commons report on academy schools, England’s version of independent public schools, says there is no evidence that they improve school results.
Increased school funding brings large improvements for low income students in high school graduation rates and educational attainment, wages, family income, and reductions in adult poverty according to a new study.
New figures show that government funding increases for Catholic and Independent schools have outstripped funding increases for public schools since 2009.
Parents paying up to $500,000 to put their children through private schools do not get better educational outcomes.
An open letter by Diane Ravitch to the US Senate calls for annual standardised testing to be dropped in US schools.
A new analysis of school NAPLAN test results published by Save Our Schools shows that the results in public schools are just as good as those in private schools.
A new research paper from Save Our Schools shows that the often-presumed superior test results of private schools compared to public schools is a myth. Public, Catholic and Independent schools with a similar socio-economic composition have very similar results in nearly all states.
A new charter school study shows that independent public schools do not deliver on their promise of higher student achievement.
Study shows a large achievement gap between high and low SES students in Queensland.
A new study shows that students from low SES schools have higher grades in first year university than students from high SES schools and that public schools students achieve just as well as private school students.
Markets in education don’t work according to a leading US research economist responsible for many studies on charter schools.
There were record withdrawal rates from the NAPLAN tests across Australia and in most states/territories this year. It suggests that increasing numbers of parents realise that NAPLAN is not compulsory.
The Success of East Asian Students is Explained More by Family Attitudes Than Differences in TeachingPosted on Tuesday December 2, 2014
A new study shows that differences in teaching between East Asian countries and Australia are not a critical factor in the differences in student results. Instead, it shows that differences in family attitudes to education are the key factor.
An OECD review of studies of school size shows that small schools may provide better school outcomes for students, especially at the primary school level and for lower socio-economic status students, and that closing small schools is not as cost-effective as often assumed.
A new academic study shows that additional funding for low achieving students significantly increases schooling outcomes. It provides additional support for the full implementation of the Gonski funding plan.
A leading education academic says that education policy in Australia is based on myths.
A report to the UN General Assembly warns that the rapid expansion of private education is increasingly replacing public education and exacerbating inequalities in societies.
The head of Australia’s leading education research body, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), has questioned the effectiveness of teacher and school incentives as a school improvement strategy.
A new academic study shows that private schools are no better than public schools after taking account of the socio-economic background of students and schools. This is the fourth study in the last year to show no difference between public and private schools.
A new PISA in Focus published by the OECD shows that the gap in educational resources between advantaged and disadvantaged schools in Australia is the fifth largest in the OECD and one of the largest of all the 65 countries participating in PISA.
A supplementary submission by Save Our Schools to the Federal Government’s review of the low SES funding loadings says that the proposal by Independent Schools Victoria to remove the additional loadings for schools with greater concentrations of low SES students should be rejected.