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”
The future of primary school league tables in England is under threat from union action to boycott the tests used to construct the tables. Continue reading “Teachers to Vote on Boycott of League Table Tests”
Primary school league tables were published in England this week. They provide practical lessons about the implications of the Rudd Government’s decision to publish league tables in Australia. Continue reading “Practical Lessons in League Tables”
Sunday March 29, 2009
The New York City model of public education is under constant criticism these days by parents, teachers and educators. Can it survive Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor, Joel Klein? This is the question asked by Diane Ravitch, Professor of Education at New York University and former Assistant Secretary of Education in the administration of President George Bush Snr. Julia Gillard would do well to re-think her admiration of what is happening in New York City schools. Continue reading “Will the New York City Public Education System Survive?”
Australia is on the verge of introducing centralised reporting of all individual school results which inevitably involves league tables.
Continue reading “Learning Testing Skills Takes Priority under School Reporting”
A new controversy has erupted over the extent of gains in student achievement in New York City schools under Julia Gillard’s much admired mentor, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. Continue reading “New Controversy Over New York City School Results”
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”