Charter Schools Largely Fail to Improve Student Achievement

A new report published by the RAND Corporation shows that charter schools are not having the positive effect on student achievement claimed by their advocates. The study adds to the growing weight of evidence that competition between schools does not improve student achievement. It serves as yet another warning to the Rudd Government that this is not the path to school improvement. Continue reading “Charter Schools Largely Fail to Improve Student Achievement”

New Study Shows that Public Schools Do Better Than Private Schools in Maths

A new US study has found that public school students out-perform private school students in maths. The higher performance by public schools was attributed to more certified maths teachers and a modern maths curriculum and teaching. Continue reading “New Study Shows that Public Schools Do Better Than Private Schools in Maths”

Reporting Statistical Error is Fundamental For Accurate Reporting of 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”

League Tables Increase Social Segregation and Inequity

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”

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”

New study shows that competition and choice do not raise student achievement

At the heart of the Rudd Government’s policy of reporting individual school results is an assumption that competition between schools will raise student achievement. The theory is that reporting school results will better inform parent choice of schools and the competition between schools for enrolments will act as an incentive for schools to improve student achievement. Continue reading “New study shows that competition and choice do not raise student achievement”

New York Education Department Rorts Its Own Reporting System

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”