Media Release: PISA Test Results Prove that Increased Funding Should be Allocated to Disadvantaged Students and SchoolsPosted on Friday December 6, 2013
The new PISA international test results highlight the need for a new funding scheme that directs more money to disadvantaged schools and students.
The PISA 2012 study shows that Australia’s reading and mathematics results have declined and that the declines have been larger in private schools than government schools. It also shows continuing large achievement gaps between rich and poor.
The registration process for private schools in the ACT is to be strengthened following the endorsement of the recommendations of a review by the ACT Minister for Education.
In Senate Estimates last week Greens Senator, Penny Wright, exposed the ignorance of Federal Education Department officials about research evidence showing that school autonomy over budgets and staffing has little to no effect on education outcomes.
South Korea’s highly successful education system has a dark side that Australia would do well not to emulate.
The ACT Government Schools Education Council has called for changes to the registration process for private schools. It says that the transparency and objectivity of the process should be improved.
Christopher Pyne has used highly selective and misleading evidence to support his claim that greater school autonomy for independent public schools will improve school outcomes. The overwhelming evidence indicates he is mistaken in his claim.
Christopher Pyne’s agenda to make government schools more like private schools is under challenge before it has got off the ground. A new education research brief from Save Our Schools shows that private schools do not achieve better results than public schools.
Two new US studies also show that results in private schools are no better than in public schools, and may be worse. They add to the evidence from new Australian studies that making public schools more like private schools is not the answer to improving school education.
A new study shows that Catholic school results have fallen relative to government schools over the past 20 years and that Catholic school results are similar to government schools.
A school principal blasts the Victorian Government’s new teacher appraisal scheme as hare-brained and insulting to teachers and principals.
A Melbourne University study shows that the decline in Australia’s performance in international tests over the last decade is primarily due to falling results in both Independent and Catholic schools.
Save Our Schools is taking a break. We will be back in mid-November.
Australia is ranked equal fourth in the world in terms of the proportion of students who are top performers in reading, mathematics and science. This puts paid to criticisms that Australia ignores top students.
PISA test scores have declined for high and low achieving students since 2000, but those for high achieving students recovered somewhat after 2006 while those of the lowest achieving students have continued to decline.
Save Our Schools has welcomed the appointment of an independent panel to advise the ACT Minister for Education on the review of the in-principle approval and registration process for private schools in the ACT.
Save Our Schools has called for sweeping changes to the legislation and administrative regulations governing the approval and registration of new ACT private schools. It has made 23 recommendations for change in a submission to the Government review.
The arguments of defenders of privilege in education are not supported by the evidence. There is no substantial evidence that high achieving students are being ignored and that socio-economic background has little impact on student results.
Cram schools are big business in South Korea. They are a factor in the country’s education success, but they are also a factor behind increasing education inequality.
The lack of evidence that school autonomy leads to increased student outcomes is increasingly conceded by reports and some commentators in Australia.
Information obtained through a FOI request by Save Our Schools shows that the ACT Minister for Education ignored advice by her department in granting in-principle approval for two new private schools.
The Business Council of Australia’s support for teacher performance pay ignores the evidence. Research shows it does not increase school or student results. There is also no relationship between performance pay for executives and corporate performance.
Christopher Pyne wants to extend the “independent public schools” model in WA to other states. Principals in low SES schools in WA say that it creates a priviliged set of schools while low SES schools struggle to attract and retain high quality teachers.
There are several financial issues about the new Islamic school in Canberra that need answers.
The ACT Education Minister should postpone consideration of the application of At-Taqwa Islamic school for provisional registration until the school obtains a permanent site.<
Official figures show that the registration of private schools in the ACT is now being decided by a “club” of private school interests. Regulations requiring registration panels to be independent are being ignored by the Minister for Education.
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A recent report by the Productivity Commission claims that genetic factors contribute significantly to the achievement gap between rich and poor. The claim is based on flimsy evidence. There is no evidence to show that genetic differences contribute to the educational gaps between high and low SES students or different ethnic groups.
The ACT Education Minister has established a biased panel with a majority of members from private schools to assess the registration application for the new campus of Brindabella Christian College (BCC) in Charnwood. The ACT private school registration process is now a self-regulatory system even though private schools are extensively funded by the taxpayer.
An overview of the new National Plan for School Improvement.
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