The head of Australia’s leading education research body, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), has questioned the effectiveness of teacher and school incentives as a school improvement strategy.
The evidence for Jennifer Buckingham’s claim that the expansion of Independent Public Schools will benefit students who have the most to gain does not stack up.
The Victorian Competition and Efficiency report on school autonomy says that research studies show that the effect of school autonomy on school results is inconclusive. However, the Commission rejects is own finding and recommends increasing school autonomy.
The OECD says that more competition between schools has failed to improve student results and has increased social segregation between students.
Free schools in England add to social segregation between schools because they take fewer poor children than other local schools.
New research has found that Catholic and Independent schools achieve no better results than public schools after taking account of student background characteristics.
Professor Alan Reid has demolished the case for independent public schools. He says that the concept of independent public schools is an oxymoron and the evidence that they improve student outcomes does not stack-up.
Chile’s notoriously inequitable free market education system established under the Pinochet dictatorship is being overhauled to provide a comprehensive free education system.
A study of school autonomy in Austria found that it has resulted in more competition between schools, created greater opportunities for student selection by favoured schools and led to more social differentiation between schools.
A new study shows that wealthy philanthropic education foundations in the US have a major influence over national and state education policy and are using that influence to undermine public education.
A new study has found that competition between schools and greater school autonomy do not increase student achievement. More competition also tends to increase social inequalities in school results.
The evidence presented to the Senate Education Committee by the Federal Department of Education to support Independent Public Schools fails to sustain its case.
A review of the research evidence on school autonomy contradicts the claims by Christopher Pyne that more school autonomy over decisions on budgeting and staffing lifts student achievement. It shows that school autonomy in these areas has little to no effect on student results.
Philanthropic foundations have enormous influence over education policy in the United States. They have invested billions of dollars in market-based policies such as charter schools, performance pay and vouchers.
Christopher Pyne’s claim about the success of school autonomy in increasing student achievement has been contradicted again by another OECD report.
An evaluation of a school autonomy program in Chicago shows that increased autonomy for school principals over budgets and other school operations had no impact on reading and mathematics achievement.
An OECD report on PISA 2012 shows that public schools in the top performing countries generally have little autonomy in budgeting and staffing but considerable autonomy over curriculum and assessment.
The Federal Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, is either incapable of getting his facts straight or he is deliberately misleading the public about his plan for independent public schools.
Christopher Pyne’s deceit about the evidence on the effect of independent public schools on student achievement has been further exposed.
Christopher Pyne has misled the public yet again about the facts on the effects of school autonomy. The evidence he cites is highly selective and misleading and completely ignores the latest evidence from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
PISA results provide strong evidence that competition between schools and the presence of private schools does not lead to higher student achievement.
The Federal Education Minister misled the Parliament last week in claiming that school autonomy in staffing and budgeting increases student outcomes. He demonstrated a cavalier disregard of the evidence on school autonomy.
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.
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.
The lack of evidence that school autonomy leads to increased student outcomes is increasingly conceded by reports and some commentators in Australia.
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.
A new study of charter schools in the US – independent public schools – has found that they do no better than traditional public schools. The greater school autonomy granted to charter schools had little effect on student achievement over time.
A story about how schools are not businesses and should not be run as businesses as advocates of markets in education would have it.