Market-Based Education Policies in the US Have Failed to Increase Student Results

A review of market-based education “reforms” in the United States has found that they have not delivered the success promised. The report found that test scores increased less, and achievement gaps grew more, in cities that introduced comprehensive market reforms compared to other urban districts. Continue reading “Market-Based Education Policies in the US Have Failed to Increase Student Results”

Social Segregation in Schools is Increasing

A new report by Canberra researcher, Barbara Preston, shows that social segregation in Australia’s schools has increased markedly over the past 25 years. Students from low income families are highly concentrated in public schools while private schools have much larger proportions of their enrolments from high income families.

The new figures, derived from ABS Census data, show that 75 per cent of students from low income families attend government schools. Catholic schools enrol 16 per cent of all low income students while Independent private schools enrol just 10 per cent. Continue reading “Social Segregation in Schools is Increasing”

Share Your NAPLAN Stories

The next round of NAPLAN tests is only a few weeks away. Save Our Schools is again collecting information on the impact of NAPLAN on students, teachers and schools.

Tell us your stories and information about the effects of NAPLAN in your school. Use the “Contact Us” facility on the Save Our Schools website. If you would like to provide more detailed information and stories please contact us to arrange another address to send your information. Continue reading “Share Your NAPLAN Stories”

The Standardised Testing Racket

It is NAPLAN test week next month in Australia. It is also testing season in the United States which has coincided, once again, with another round of cheating scandals highlighted by the dramatic indictment of one of the nation’s top school superintendents on racketeering charges for cheating on test scores. Continue reading “The Standardised Testing Racket”

The Challenges of Teaching Under High-Stakes Testing

A US Professor of Education reflects on the challenges of teaching under the obsession with high stakes testing. The following is an edited extract from an article published in the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog.

Designed as one measure of student learning, testing has become the end product of our schools. Our schools are no longer designed to produce educated citizens but rather places to produce test results. Continue reading “The Challenges of Teaching Under High-Stakes Testing”

The Market in Education has Failed in Sweden

Sweden is the latest model for those advocating markets in education as the way to improve school results. It provides the model for so-called “free schools” being introduced in England by the UK Coalition Government.

Professor Henry Levin, distinguished economist and director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, recently gave a presentation to a conference convened by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to review the evidence about the effects of vouchers in education, which were introduced in Sweden in 1992.

Professor Levin has provided the following summary of his presentation. It was originally published on Diane Ravitch’s blog. Professor Levin’s powerpoint presentation can be downloaded from the blog.

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New Group to Oppose NAPLAN Tests

A new coalition has been set up to organise support for a boycott of the NAPLAN tests. The Boycott Naplan Coalition was founded by three groups: The Popular Education Network Australia PENA, The Teacher and Education Support Staff Alliance TESA and the Say No To Naplan group.

A statement by the group says the organisations came together in recognition of the need to grow a loud and united opposition to the tests, to continue to share the research and facts challenging the usefulness of the tests and to provide a vehicle for others to also collaborate on such a project. Continue reading “New Group to Oppose NAPLAN Tests”