House of Commons Report Damns League Tables and Warns on School Report Cards

The UK House of Commons Committee for Children, Schools and Families has made a devastating critique of the impact of league tables on education in England. In a recent report on school accountability the Committee says that school performance tables present a very narrow view of school performance and there are inherent methodological and statistical problems with the way they are constructed. Continue reading “House of Commons Report Damns League Tables and Warns on School Report Cards”

Languages Learning Under Threat from League Tables

Language education in secondary schools continues to decline under the pressure of league tables according to new reports on language education just released in England and the United States. The studies add to the weight of evidence that league tables narrow the school curriculum and student learning. They suggest that the efforts to expand language learning in Australia are likely to be impeded by the imminent publication of school results. Continue reading “Languages Learning Under Threat from League Tables”

Overtested, Overrated and Over Here

The 28th of January this year will mark a very dark day for our education system in Australia. For the first time in our history, school data will be published nationally and available online. Julia Gillard has decided to do this based on similar systems in the U.K. and United States. The minister has ignored the plethora of research condemning the approaches advocated by these countries. Continue reading “Overtested, Overrated and Over Here”

My School is in Breach of National Ministerial Agreement

The new national system of reporting school test results has failed to meet the standards set for it by education ministers.

The My School website unveiled by the Federal Education Minister, Julia Gillard, last month is in breach of the national ministerial agreement for reporting school results.  Continue reading “My School is in Breach of National Ministerial Agreement”

Dirty Tricks Used to Boost School Rankings

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.

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My School Reports Will Name and Shame

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”

School Choice Increases the Social Divide in Education

A major new study of school choice in England has found that it compounds the social divide in education. Whilst parents do not admit to choosing schools on the basis of their social composition, this happens in practice. Continue reading “School Choice Increases the Social Divide in Education”

Annual Ritual Naming and Shaming of Schools is Gillard’s Future for Australia

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”