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 Wednesday December 3, 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.
A proposal by Independent Schools Victoria to remove additional funding for highly disadvantaged schools is hypocritical, disingenuous and indefensible. It ignores a corpus of research evidence that supports more funding for disadvantaged schools.
Research shows that increased funding definitely improves student outcomes, especially for disadvantaged students. Claims by the Federal Minister for Education regarding large increases in funding over the past decade are incorrect.
Gonski funding will provide significant learning opportunities for students most in need.
The evidence for Jennifer Buckingham’s claim that the expansion of Independent Public Schools will benefit students who have the most to gain does not stack up.
The preliminary NAPLAN results for 2014 show that reading and numeracy have stagnated across Year levels while writing has continued to decline.
Media Release:Uninvited Submission Calls for Gonski Plus Funding Loadings for Disadvantaged StudentsPosted on Thursday October 2, 2014
An uninvited submission from Save Our Schools to the Federal Government’s selective consultation on the Gonski funding loadings for disadvantaged students has called for the loadings to be increased.
An education research brief from SOS shows that the current Federal Government funding loadings for low SES students are far too low to be effective.
Some articles from last week worth reading.
The Victorian Competition and Efficiency report on school autonomy says that research studies show that the effect of school autonomy on school results is inconclusive. However, the Commission rejects is own finding and recommends increasing school autonomy.
Some articles from last week worth a read.
Unpublished letter to The Australian criticizes the lack of transparency of the review of the low SES loadings.