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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

The fallacy of My School

The government’s My School website confirms that we have gross inequalities in our education system — but it tells us very little about which schools are working hard to overcome them, says Eva Cox.

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Herald Sun | FEDERAL|

Bad teachers: name ‘em and shame ‘em

The AEU is worried that the government’s My School website will stigmatise under-performing teachers. Good, says Alan Howe, that’s exactly what it should do.

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

Elite private schools vs. their Black & Gold public counterparts [PDF]

It’s like those ACA exposes where they compare expensive ice cream with the no-name stuff: The Oz uses My School data to compare elite Australian private schools with their nearby public counterparts. Do you really get more for your money?

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The Age | FEDERAL|

Grattan: My School is your win

Despite heavy criticisms from the unions, the Government is onto a winner with the My Schools website, says Michelle Grattan. Parents are happy — and so they should be.

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Don’t let NAPLAN tests be misunderstood

NAPLAN tests are a very useful tool for teachers and schools in guiding the development of teaching programs for literacy and numeracy, but not for for comparing students or schools, writes David Hardie.

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My School gets an F

The government’s new My School website went live this morning — and promptly fell down like the roof of a 20-year-old portable classroom. But that hasn’t stopped the pundits weighing in…

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NAPLAN tests and My School: one size doesn’t fit all

The information on the Government’s My School website will only offer flawed data based on a useless test, writes Trevor Diogenes.

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The Sydney Morning Herald | FEDERAL|

A principal’s defence of league tables

Although educators are right to be concerned about the government’s new My School website, it will also offer great opportunities for them improve student performance, writes the principal of exclusive Sydney private school The King’s School, Tim Hawkes.

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Teachers vs. the test

The use of national literacy and numeracy tests to create league tables for Australian schools is dividing educators and the nation. Crikey wraps this morning’s media coverage.

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Club Troppo | FEDERAL|

Asking some big questions on school league tables

Is it good for Australian society if schools compete for students on the basis of academic performance and standardised exams? asks James Farrell. Will parents actually be more informed, or just more obsessed with test scores?

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The Sydney Morning Herald | NSW|

Illegal: SMH breaks school league table ban

The Sydney Morning Herald says it’s breaching NSW state law today and risking a $55,000 fine by publishing this article comparing the test results of three Sydney high schools, challenging what it says is an “absurd” ban on giving parents information about the schools childrens’ schools. Subversive or sensationalism?

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Why it’s easier to pick a school in the UK than Oz

Tony Taylor asked his third year education students to assess which school system was the more transparent and helpful: Australia’s or the UK’s. Their answer was unanimous — and lends support to Julia Gillard’s proposals.

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Inside Story | FEDERAL|

Putting a decent education out of kids’ league

League tables for Australian schools will just accelerate the flight of parents towards middle class (“high performing”) schools and worsen prospects for our most disadvantaged children, schools and communities, says Chris Bonnor.

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Eureka Street | FEDERAL|

League tables do more harm than good

The federal government is pushing for school league tables to help parents choose the best education for their child. But that ignores the role families play in student achievement, writes Fatima Measham. And worse.

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