Teachers at charter schools (independently operated government funded schools) in the United States are three times more likely to leave the profession or change schools than teachers in the traditional public school system. Continue reading “Teachers More Likely to Leave Charter Schools”
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”
As far as education policy is concerned, the Rudd Government has given John Howard and David Kemp another term in office. It is completing Kemp’s vision to subject education to the rule of market forces. Continue reading “Rudd’s Market Paradoxes”
The following speech was presented by SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, to the National Public Education Forum held at Old Parliament House, Canberra, on 28 March 2009. Continue reading “The Free Market and the Social Divide in Education”
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.
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”
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”
A new report published in the US this week highlights a major problem that will come to the fore in Australia with the publication of school league tables. This is the tendency to blame schools for low levels of student achievement and gaps between rich and poor students without regard to factors outside schools that continually impact on student achievement.