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Education Chief Says Market-Based Policies are Ineffective

Posted on Thursday October 30, 2014

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. >> Read on...

Claimed Advantage for Disadvantaged Students in Charter Schools is Much Ado About Nothing

Posted on Thursday October 9, 2014

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. >> Read on...

Victorian Report on School Autonomy is Intellectually Bankrupt

Posted on Wednesday September 24, 2014

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. >> Read on...

OECD Says That Competition in Education Has Failed

Posted on Wednesday September 3, 2014

The OECD says that more competition between schools has failed to improve student results and has increased social segregation between students. >> Read on...

Independent Public Schools in England are More Socially Selective

Posted on Thursday August 14, 2014

Free schools in England add to social segregation between schools because they take fewer poor children than other local schools. >> Read on...

Public Schools Do As Well as Catholic and Independent Schools

Posted on Saturday August 9, 2014

New research has found that Catholic and Independent schools achieve no better results than public schools after taking account of student background characteristics. >> Read on...

The Evidence Does Not “Stack-up” for Independent Public Schools

Posted on Monday August 4, 2014

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. >> Read on...

Chile’s Failed Free Market Education System Faces Overhaul

Posted on Thursday July 24, 2014

Chile’s notoriously inequitable free market education system established under the Pinochet dictatorship is being overhauled to provide a comprehensive free education system. >> Read on...

School Autonomy in Austria Has Developed a Status Hierarchy of Schools

Posted on Monday July 21, 2014

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. >> Read on...

Wealthy Philanthropic Foundations are Undermining Public Education in the US

Posted on Thursday June 19, 2014

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. >> Read on...

Markets are Ineffective in Education and Create Social Inequalities

Posted on Monday June 16, 2014

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. >> Read on...

Is there “evidence that independent public schools lift student performance”?

Posted on Thursday June 5, 2014

The evidence presented to the Senate Education Committee by the Federal Department of Education to support Independent Public Schools fails to sustain its case. >> Read on...

Pyne’s School Autonomy Myth

Posted on Friday April 11, 2014

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. >> Read on...

Questioning The Role of Philanthropy in Education

Posted on Friday April 4, 2014

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. >> Read on...

OECD Contradicts Pyne’s Claim on School Autonomy Success

Posted on Saturday March 29, 2014

Christopher Pyne’s claim about the success of school autonomy in increasing student achievement has been contradicted again by another OECD report. >> Read on...

Another Study Shows that School Autonomy Does Not Increase Student Achievement

Posted on Monday March 17, 2014

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. >> Read on...

Public Schools in the Top Performing Countries Have Little Autonomy in Budgeting and Staffing

Posted on Monday March 3, 2014

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. >> Read on...

More Untruths by Pyne on Independent Public Schools

Posted on Friday February 7, 2014

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. >> Read on...

More Deceit by Pyne on Independent Public Schools

Posted on Thursday February 6, 2014

Christopher Pyne’s deceit about the evidence on the effect of independent public schools on student achievement has been further exposed. >> Read on...

Pyne Misleads the Public on School Autonomy Yet Again

Posted on Tuesday February 4, 2014

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). >> Read on...

PISA Results Show that Competition is not the Answer to Improving School Performance

Posted on Monday January 6, 2014

PISA results provide strong evidence that competition between schools and the presence of private schools does not lead to higher student achievement. >> Read on...

Pyne Misled Parliament on School Autonomy Evidence

Posted on Wednesday December 11, 2013

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. >> Read on...

Bureaucrats in Nowhere Land on School Autonomy

Posted on Thursday November 28, 2013

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. >> Read on...

Pyne Misleads on School Autonomy Results

Posted on Wednesday November 20, 2013

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. >> Read on...

Private Schools Are No Better Than Public Schools

Posted on Monday November 18, 2013

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. >> Read on...

New US Studies Show that Public Schools do Better than Private Schools

Posted on Monday November 18, 2013

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. >> Read on...

Reports Concede the Lack of Evidence for School Autonomy

Posted on Tuesday August 13, 2013

The lack of evidence that school autonomy leads to increased student outcomes is increasingly conceded by reports and some commentators in Australia. >> Read on...

School Autonomy Has Created a Privileged Set of Schools in WA

Posted on Tuesday August 6, 2013

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. >> Read on...

Charter Schools Do No Better Than Other Public Schools

Posted on Monday July 15, 2013

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. >> Read on...

The Blueberry Story: The Teacher Gives the Businessman a Lesson

Posted on Thursday July 11, 2013

A story about how schools are not businesses and should not be run as businesses as advocates of markets in education would have it. >> Read on...

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