Gillard’s School Reporting Model is a Triumph of Ideology over Evidence

The Rudd Government’s “education revolution” is looking more and more like an extension of the Howard Government’s school policies. All the same elements are there – choice and competition, reliance on markets, and now public reporting of school results. Continue reading “Gillard’s School Reporting Model is a Triumph of Ideology over Evidence”

The Case Against League Tables

The case against reporting individual school results and league tables of school results was presented in a report by the ACT Government Schools Education Council in 2004 in response to the proposals of the then Commonwealth Education Minister, Dr. Brendan Nelson. The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the proposal drawing on international research evidence. It is re-published here as a resource in the discussion of the Rudd Government’s proposal for reporting school results. Continue reading “The Case Against League Tables”

You Have A Choice…Do As I Say

Julie Bishop’s ultimatum that the ACT introduce external Year 12 exams exposes the hypocrisy of the Howard Government’s education policy.

Despite its rhetoric of choice in education as being fundamental to respecting different needs, it readily over-rules the choices of parents, teachers and students where it suits Government prejudices and interests. Continue reading “You Have A Choice…Do As I Say”

New Testing Regime Will Narrow School Curriculum

A new US report calls into question the new testing regime announced last week by the Federal Minister for Education according to the public education advocacy group, Save Our Schools.

SOS spokesman, Trevor Cobbold, said that a report by the Washington-based Centre on Education Policy shows that national testing and reporting school results narrows the school curriculum. Continue reading “New Testing Regime Will Narrow School Curriculum”

Cheating to Improve School Results is Rampant

Publishing school results does not necessarily lead to real improvements in school performance, whatever the Howard Government and the Labor Opposition may argue. The desire to achieve a high ranking and enhance a school’s reputation often leads to cheating and other ways of manipulating school results. Continue reading “Cheating to Improve School Results is Rampant”

Labor Backs School League Tables

Whatever Government is in power next year, we can expect to be treated to an annual public hunt for the worst schools in Australia.

The Federal ALP has joined forces with the Howard Government’s plan for a ‘crime and punishment’ approach to school improvement. The Shadow Minister for Education, Stephen Smith, says that a Federal Labor Government will ensure that state governments publish school literacy and numeracy results. Continue reading “Labor Backs School League Tables”

Howard Government Encourages Cheating, Poaching and Discrimination by Schools

The Howard Government’s new $50 000 reward for better school performance is an invitation to schools to cheat, ‘game the system’, poach high achieving students from each other and discriminate against some students says Save Our Schools, a Canberra-based public education advocacy group.

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, said that the $53 million could be better used to increase funding for schools with high student learning needs rather than dissipated in fruitless and destructive competition between schools for students. Continue reading “Howard Government Encourages Cheating, Poaching and Discrimination by Schools”