A new study shows that partially selective schools are no better in terms of student results than non-selective schools and they are worse on some measures.
A school principal looks to a new era of senior secondary schooling that provides a broader base for student engagement and success to replace the free enterprise model of education.
A new review of voucher programs in private schools has found that they have failed to make any significant improvements in student achievement, but add to the risks of increasing social segregation and the loss of a common, secular educational experience.
Leading US expert says that where school choice has been implemented around the world it has failed to increase student achievement. Instead, it has led to increased social segregation of students.
A comprehensive review of the experience with school autonomy in England has found little evidence of improvement amongst disadvantaged schools and that it weakens local communities.
Independent public schools have failed to improve student outcomes according to a report by a bi-partisan committee of the WA Parliament. It is a major blow to the Federal Government policy of increasing school autonomy.
New research shows an increasing socio-educational hierarchy of schools as enrolments shift from from lower socio-educational advantage schools to higher socio-educational advantage schools.
New academic analysis shows that public and private schools in Victoria with a similar socio-economic status student profile have very similar VCE results. However, public schools achieve these results with far less funding than the private schools.
The much-heralded Louisiana school voucher program is another free market failure.
A new research brief finds that school choice is no guarantee of better student results.
Pasi Sahlberg says that school autonomy should not be confused with teacher autonomy and that it is teacher autonomy that is more important for student learning.
Turning New Orleans into a virtually all-charter school city after Hurricane Katrina has reinforced social segregation and failed to develop a high quality school system serving all students. School results in Louisiana remain amongst the lowest in the US.
Allowing for-profit schools in Australia would be a huge mistake. They have a very bad record overseas.
A new report finds that academy schools (which are an English version of independent public schools) perform no better than traditional public schools.
A new report has detailed fraud and waste in charter schools in the United States totalling over $200 million but says it is the tip of the iceberg.
A Queensland University study has shown that there is no difference in test results between public, Catholic and Independent primary schools after taking account of student background factors.
A report by the Queensland Auditor-General has found that some private schools have been rigging their enrolments to claim more funding from the Queensland Government than they are entitled to.
A second report by the UK House of Commons says that school autonomy in England is letting schools fall through the gap.
A UK House of Commons report on academy schools, England’s version of independent public schools, says there is no evidence that they improve school results.
Parents paying up to $500,000 to put their children through private schools do not get better educational outcomes.
A new charter school study shows that independent public schools do not deliver on their promise of higher student achievement.
Markets in education don’t work according to a leading US research economist responsible for many studies on charter schools.
A leading education academic says that education policy in Australia is based on myths.
A report to the UN General Assembly warns that the rapid expansion of private education is increasingly replacing public education and exacerbating inequalities in societies.
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.
A review of independent public schools in Western Australia has found that they have not increased student achievement but could be developing a two-tiered education system in the state.
An independent report shows that principals in Western Australia have not been given the resources to match their increased responsibilities under school autonomy while central and district office support services have been withdrawn. It says the lack of system support threatens the achievement of improved student outcomes.
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.<
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. <
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.
A review of market-based education “reforms” in the United States has found that they have not delivered the success promised.