The imminent publication of school results in Australia will inevitably give rise to the extensive rorting and manipulation of results to improve school rankings that has become a feature of school systems in England and the United States.
A common rort is for schools to selectively admit high achieving students, ‘cream off’ high achievers from other schools and exclude low achievers so as to boost their results.
Continue reading “Dirty Tricks Used to Boost School Rankings”
I can absolutely guarantee there’s not one part of the Education Revolution that’s about naming and shaming schools. I won’t do that, I don’t believe in doing that….it’s not about naming and shaming.
So said Julia Gillard in a doorstop interview just hours after she unveiled the My School website last month.
Her statement is either a crass deceit or it reveals her complete ignorance about what she is doing and that she just sprouts whatever her advisors put in front of her. Continue reading “My School Reports Will Name and Shame”
The future for Australia was on show this week as England went through its annual ritual hunt for the worst performing schools in the country.
Following publication of primary school test results on a government website, league tables of the best and worst schools in England were published by all the major newspapers. Continue reading “Annual Ritual Naming and Shaming of Schools is Gillard’s Future for Australia”
There is little research evidence to show that reporting school results leads to better student performance according to Peter Hill, the newly-appointed chief executive of the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority. His admission is a fatal blow to the case for publishing school results. Continue reading “ACARA Head Admits There is Little Evidence for Reporting School Results”
Friday October 23, 2009
Just as Australia is introducing reporting of school test results and the inevitable league tables that will follow, a major review of the primary curriculum in England has issued damning conclusions on the impact of standardized tests and league tables. Continue reading “League Tables Damned by Major UK Report”
The education times are a-changing in the United States, but Julia Gillard is way behind the curve. Just as she embarks on her mission to transplant US style market-based education reforms in Australia their failure to deliver improved student outcomes is conceded by even their most trenchant advocates. Continue reading “Gillard Has Her Head in the Sand on Testing and Reporting”
Sunday October 11, 2009
A testing expert has made some devastating criticisms of the reliability of school test results to be published later this year or early next year. Continue reading “School Results Fail to Measure Up”
The school reporting system so admired by Julia Gillard has been exposed as a massive fraud against the public, families and students in New York City. Continue reading “The New York Fraud”
Over one-third of Chicago public high school teachers say they have been pressured to change student grades at some point in their careers in order to improve school results. Continue reading “Teachers Pressured to Change Student Results to Increase School Ranking”
Diane Ravitch, Professor of Education at New York University and former US Assistant Secretary of Education, says that the latest school results in New York City are bogus. Continue reading “New York City’s Bogus School Results”