According to the new Melbourne Declaration of national goals for schooling, Australian governments are committed to ensuring that information published on school results will be accurate and fair. However, to date, governments have not indicated what action will be taken to implement this commitment. The current draft Action Plan on the Declaration merely repeats the commitment. It needs to do better than this to ensure accuracy and fairness in reporting school results. Continue reading “Reporting Statistical Error is Fundamental For Accurate Reporting of School Results”
Australia’s school system has a high degree of social segregation between schools and large inequities in outcomes between students from rich and poor families. These will probably increase following the agreement of Australian Governments, led by the Rudd Government, to introduce national reporting of individual school results. Continue reading “League Tables Increase Social Segregation and Inequity”
The publication of new league tables of secondary school results in England last week brought to light another way of manipulating school results. Continue reading “‘Hot Housing’ Students to Improve League Table Rankings”
Wednesday December 3, 2008
A report in the New York Post this week has revealed that the New York City Department of Education has been rorting its own school reporting system to ensure that schools achieve a higher grade.
The report is a further blow to the integrity and credibility of a reporting system that Federal Education Minister, Julia Gillard, has been touting as a model for Australia. Continue reading “New York Education Department Rorts Its Own Reporting System”
The Prime Minister and the Federal Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, have stated that a system of individual school performance reporting will be included in a new national education agreement due to start at the beginning of 2009. Continue reading “Models of Like School Comparisons”
The Rudd Government’s “education revolution” is looking more and more like an extension of the Howard Government’s school policies. All the same elements are there – choice and competition, reliance on markets, and now public reporting of school results. Continue reading “Gillard’s School Reporting Model is a Triumph of Ideology over Evidence”
A BBC News investigation has exposed widespread cheating by teachers in exams in England in order to raise school ratings on league tables. The revelations follow a stream of cheating incidents across US schools this year. Continue reading “Schools Cheating to Raise League Table Ratings”
Publishing school results does not necessarily lead to real improvements in school performance, whatever the Howard Government and the Labor Opposition may argue. The desire to achieve a high ranking and enhance a school’s reputation often leads to cheating and other ways of manipulating school results. Continue reading “Cheating to Improve School Results is Rampant”
Whatever Government is in power next year, we can expect to be treated to an annual public hunt for the worst schools in Australia.
The Federal ALP has joined forces with the Howard Government’s plan for a ‘crime and punishment’ approach to school improvement. The Shadow Minister for Education, Stephen Smith, says that a Federal Labor Government will ensure that state governments publish school literacy and numeracy results. Continue reading “Labor Backs School League Tables”