A survey of primary school principals shows that a majority believe that the NAPLAN tests are having a negative impact on student well-being, curriculum and teaching practices.<
The Gonski funding model is on the right track in boosting funding for under-resourced schools and disadvantaged students. The refusal of the Victorian, Queensland, Western Australian and Northern Territory governments to sign on to Gonski will deprive low income, Indigenous and remote area students of the chance to improve their results.
A research review has found that money does matter in education. Increasing school funding improves student results and that more targeted spending benefits students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Gonski is on the right track.
A new study shows that the two main factors in explaining the gap in school completion rates between low and high socio-economic status students are lower education aspirations of low SES students and their parents and lower academic performance at age 15 by low SES students. It suggests that a multi-faceted approach is needed to reduce the gap. <
The Gillard school funding plan is a potential watershed for school funding in Australia. It breaks new ground with its focus on increasing equity in education. However, it is not the full Gonski.
The Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, has criticised NAPLAN as a high stakes test that is misleading and narrowing the curriculum. <
A new academic study has linked the high prevalence of myopia in East Asian countries with extensive use of after-school tutoring.
The ACT Branch of the Australian Education Union, the ACT Council of P&C Associations and Save Our Schools have written to the ACT Education Minister and the Chief Minister calling for an independent review of the registration process for private schools in the ACT. The letter outlines six major problems with the current process that warrant a review. <
The US Government Accountability Office has reported evidence of rampant cheating on high stakes tests, with allegations of cheating in 40 states in the last two years. It says that using awards or recognition for improving test scores can provide incentives to cheat.
There is a growing rebellion by teachers and parents in the United States against market-based education policies that are resulting in resource deprivation in public schools, inequity, public disempowerment and the widespread perception that governing policies are driven by corruption.<
View two great videos of news reports on high stakes testing – one from Australia and one from New York. Both should be compulsory viewing.
A new study has found that school autonomy widens the gap between the top and bottom achieving students. It adds to the weight of evidence that increasing school autonomy does not work. <
Some schools offered students special inducements to do the NAPLAN tests last week. One Tasmanian school offered free breakfasts, raffle tickets and lunch and a movie with a teacher to encourage students to do the tests.
The Senate education committee has delivered a major rebuff to the Federal Government and the Coalition on school autonomy. It says that there is no clear evidence that greater school autonomy leads to better student performance.
Some more stories about NAPLAN this week.
Some stories about NAPLAN this week from a Canberra government school.
A new study of Florida’s high profile school accountability program has found evidence of rorting by schools. It shows that schools were classifying low-performing students into exempt categories that are excluded from the school performance grading so as to artificially raise their test scores. <
Education Minister Should be Sacked for Turning the Approval Process for New Private Schools into a ShamblesPosted on Wednesday May 15, 2013
Save Our Schools has called on the ACT Chief Minister to sack her Education Minister and overhaul the approval process for new private schools in Canberra because the Education Minister has turned the approval process into a shambles.
There is a conspiracy of silence amongst education authorities about the right of parents to withdraw their children from the NAPLAN tests which begin Tuesday.
A Canberra private school has set a great example for other schools in dealing with NAPLAN and informing parents that they can withdraw their child from the tests.
The new private school in Belconnen has been approved even though a similar application by another private school was rejected only five years ago because of excess capacity in the area. <
The ACT Minister for Education gave secret approval last December for three new private schools in Canberra. A new private school in north-west Belconnen will draw enrolments from existing schools in Belconnen, add to excess capacity and threaten the future of some schools
A television commercial linking a children’s fish-oil supplement to NAPLAN tests produced an outcry last week. A whole industry is being built around NAPLAN testing that is undermining a balanced education and lifestyle for young children.
A Los Angeles parent pays homage to public education and its role in building social cohesion.<
A new academic study has found that test-based accountability measures in the United States have narrowed the curriculum in schools.
A new book sets out comprehensive policies to close the opportunity gaps in education.
The OECD has endorsed the findings of the Gonksi report on school funding that the current system lacks coherence and transparency and that reducing inequities in education is a key policy challenge for Australia.
A review of market-based education “reforms” in the United States has found that they have not delivered the success promised.
The economic case for the $6.5 billion investment in disadvantaged schools and students recommended by the Gonski review of school funding is just as compelling as the equity and social justice case.
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.