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Ravitch to Obama: “Change course before it is too late”

Education historian Diane Ravitch http://www.dianeravitch.com/ has been talking with thousands of people as she crisscrosses the country talking about education reform and her New York Times best-selling book, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/education-secretary-duncan/why-you-should-read-diane-ravi.html. I have written a lot about Ravitch recently because I think she occupies a unique place… Read more

ACARA RESPONDS TO SPC CONCERNS OVER MY SCHOOL

Dear Mr McAlpine Thank you for your letter of 15 March 2010 setting out the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council’s views on the My School website and recommendations for its further development. I appreciated the clarity with which you set out your Council’s position and your offer to provide constructive advice on ways in which the… Read more

SHORTCUTS ON MY SCHOOL WEBSITE WORRY PRINCIPALS

Research by the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council (SPC) has revealed major flaws in the way that the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) calculates the Index of Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) for 2010. The ICSEA is the basis for the lists of “statistically similar schools” which the Deputy Prime Minister urges parents to use to… Read more

NEW DIRECTIONS IN SCHOOLS FUNDING

New directions for schools funding are needed in Australia. The quality of Australian schools is relatively high on the range of criteria that inform international comparisons. But too many young people are still missing out on the full benefits of schooling, are disengaged from learning, leaving school prematurely and poorly prepared for adult life. The… Read more

MY SCHOOL and SIMILAR SCHOOLS

When he woke up on Thursday January 28th this year Shaun Addy, the Principal of Blacktown Boys’ High in Western Sydney was amused to open the My School website and find that his school was “similar” to the Alice Springs School of the Air.  On the same day the parents of Terrigal High School (NSW… Read more

MY SCHOOL DOESN’T SAY MUCH ABOUT ANY SCHOOL

Secondary school principals across NSW have reacted with a mixture of anger and incredulity at the data released on the My School website. The President of the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council, Jim McAlpine, today said that many were angry that schools were compared using tests designed as diagnostic tools for improving the learning of individual… Read more

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