Schools Off-Load Low Achieving Students to Boost League Table Ranking

Low achieving students are being off-loaded by schools in England in order to boost their league table rankings according to a report published by the think-tank Civitas last month. It found that low achieving students with bad behaviour are more likely to be transferred than higher achieving students with bad behaviour. Continue reading “Schools Off-Load Low Achieving Students to Boost League Table Ranking”

Call to Scrap Like School Comparisons on My School

The public education group, Save Our Schools, today called for like school comparisons to be scrapped. National Convenor of SOS, Trevor Cobbold, said that ‘like school’ comparisons on My School 2.0 will be biased against low socio-economic status (SES) government and private schools.

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The Release of More Cane Toads

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Cane beetles were a nuisance in our sugar fields and the USA offered help. In Hawaii there were some toads that liked eating beetles. If something comes from the U.S.A, dutiful Australia is obliged to copy, so 102 USA-bred cane toads were turned loose at Gordonvale way up north.

Since no one had thought any further than the beetle-eating stage, things didn’t turn out so well. No one had measured how high the little darlings could jump…not high…and the beetles survived.

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School Rewards Will Encourage Poaching and Cheating

Labor’s $100 000 reward for schools which most improve their results will encourage them to cheat and rort their results, poach high achieving students from each other and discriminate against other students says Save Our Schools, a public education advocacy group.

SOS national convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said that the scheme will be another huge waste of money that could be better used to fund schools with high student learning needs rather than dissipated in fruitless and destructive competition between schools. Continue reading “School Rewards Will Encourage Poaching and Cheating”

An Innovative Way to Cheat on School Results

The pressure on schools to improve school league table rankings sometimes produces innovative ways to cheat and rort school results. A report in the Canberra Times (19 May) has exposed a simple way of cheating by schools that could well be the tip of the iceberg.

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Cheating on NAPLAN Tests Will Only Increase

Already, we have seen several allegations of schools cheating in the first national literacy and numeracy tests held since the My School website became operational. We are likely to see more and more cheating in future because of the “high stakes” involved in publishing school NAPLAN results on My School and the publication of school league tables in the media. Continue reading “Cheating on NAPLAN Tests Will Only Increase”

Rorting of School Results Will Continue on a Grander Scale Unless Gillard Acts

Save Our Schools has warned that the administrative guidelines for NAPLAN provide loopholes for schools to rort their results by excluding lower achieving students. Trevor Cobbold, National Convenor of SOS, said the Federal Education Minister should stop schools pressuring parents of lower achieving students to withdraw them from NAPLAN tests in the future. Continue reading “Rorting of School Results Will Continue on a Grander Scale Unless Gillard Acts”

Call to Review Security of NAPLAN Tests to Stop Cheating

Security arrangements for this week’s national literacy and numeracy tests are inadequate to stop schools cheating according to the public education advocacy group, Save Our Schools. National Convenor of SOS, Trevor Cobbold, called on the Federal Education Minister to set up a review to improve security of the NAPLAN tests to stop cheating. Continue reading “Call to Review Security of NAPLAN Tests to Stop Cheating”

Gillard Concedes Under the Collective Pressure of Teachers

The agreement of Minister Gillard to set up a working party to oversee the My School website has been the consequence of many teachers across the country making it clear that we are unhappy with the government’s intolerable treatment; silencing us, and leaving us without any say in our professional conduct whatsoever. Continue reading “Gillard Concedes Under the Collective Pressure of Teachers”