League Tables Discussed at Politics in the Pub

Tuesday September 8, 2009

Greens Member of the NSW Legislative Council, John Kaye, and Trevor Cobbold, National Convenor of Save Our Schools, addressed Politics in the Pub in Sydney on Friday, 4 September, on “School League Tables – Success or Disaster?”

Trevor Cobbold’s presentation outlined government deception and sophistry on the introduction of league tables, why league tables are an unreliable indicator of school quality, how league tables harm education and how they lead to social segregation in schools. It also shows how so-called ‘like-school’ comparisons fail to compare like with like. Continue reading “League Tables Discussed at Politics in the Pub”

More Evidence that School Comparisons Narrow the Curriculum

A new analysis of test data in New York State provides some interesting evidence that public comparisons of school results narrow the curriculum.

It suggests that schools in New York City are paying more attention to English and maths than science and social studies because these results are used to compare and grade schools. Continue reading “More Evidence that School Comparisons Narrow the Curriculum”

More Evidence that New York is Not Working as Julia Says

Monday April 13, 2009

Over Easter, the New York Times published the following article by Diane Ravitch, Professor of Education at New York University, which shows that all is far from well in the New York City public education system that is so admired by Julia Gillard that she is adopting some its features in Australia such as its school reporting model.

Ravitch shows that reporting school results and other changes introduced by New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and Schools Chancellor, Joel Klein, have not improved the achievement of black, Hispanic, white, Asian or lower-income students and nor have they reduced the achievement gaps between black and white students. Continue reading “More Evidence that New York is Not Working as Julia Says”

Media Release – New National Education Goals Are Fatally Contradictory

A policy brief issued today by the public education advocacy group, Save Our Schools, claims that the new national education goals promulgated at the end of 2008 are fatally contradictory and fail on equity. Continue reading “Media Release – New National Education Goals Are Fatally Contradictory”

Media Release 9 October 2008 – Gillard Should Come Clean on School Reports

Save Our Schools, a Canberra-based public education advocacy group, today called on the Education Minister, Julia Gillard, to release details of her controversial school performance reporting plan.

SOS spokesman, Trevor Cobbold, said that the imminent visit of New York Schools Chancellor, Joel Klein, is an opportunity for informed public debate about school reports. Continue reading “Media Release 9 October 2008 – Gillard Should Come Clean on School Reports”

Media Release 30 May 2008 – Rich Families Benefit Most from Over-Funding of Private Schools

A study of the SES funding model for private schools released today shows that two-thirds of all private school students are over-funded and that schools serving the wealthiest families are vastly more over-funded than those serving low income families. Continue reading “Media Release 30 May 2008 – Rich Families Benefit Most from Over-Funding of Private Schools”

Media Release 23 June 2008 – Government Divided on School Site Sell-Off

Save Our Schools called on the Government to clarify its position on the sell-off of closed school sites. SOS spokesman, Trevor Cobbold, said that statements by Government Ministers show that they are divided about the future of the sites. Continue reading “Media Release 23 June 2008 – Government Divided on School Site Sell-Off”

Media Release 24 August 2007 – Hargreaves Cuts Consultation on Closed School Sites

Save Our Schools today condemned the ACT Government for cutting short the public consultation on the future of closed school sites. SOS spokesman, Trevor Cobbold, called on the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services to fulfil his original promise of a 5-month consultation. Continue reading “Media Release 24 August 2007 – Hargreaves Cuts Consultation on Closed School Sites”