Your school: rated @ myschool
IT’S likely to be a nervous morning for many educators today – many will have already surfed the net.
The national MySchool website went live at 1am – making public some previously privileged information about individual schools’ performances in relation to other schools across the country.
A Federal Government initiative driven by Education Minister Julia Gillard, the MySchool project has been widely condemned by education experts and teachers’ unions throughout Australia because of the expected creation of so-called ‘school league tables’ from the information on the site.
Information from the site will be able to be used to compare literacy and numeracy performance levels of schools in any given area, including the Clarence Valley, and The Daily Examiner plans on publishing such results tomorrow.
Concerns from unions, including Australian Education Union president Angelo Gavrielatos, are that schools from disadvantaged areas will be humiliated and further disadvantaged by the publication of their NAPLAN results in such a format. There are even plans for teachers across Australia to boycott the NAPLAN tests scheduled for mid-May in protest.
School education director for the Clarence Valley, Ron Phillips, warned against taking too much from ‘simplistic league tables’. Mr Phillips said people may be tempted to create these school league tables, but it would be almost impossible to fairly and accurately compare schools’ performances because the size, location and socio-economic background varied considerably between schools.MySchool facts
Each of the 10,000 schools on the My School website has a profile page which includes:
- number of students and teachers
- attendance rates
- senior secondary school outcomes
- school-level data about students’ backgrounds
- school Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) value
- a link to the school’s website
- school NAPLAN results compared with the national average and the average results of statistically similar schools.
Other pages show:
- the percentage of students achieving at each band on NAPLAN tests compared with
- the percentage of students at that band nationally and in statistically similar schools
- school results on NAPLAN compared with the results of up to 60 statistically similar schools
- a list of up to 20 schools located nearest to the school selected.
Go to www.myschool.edu.au to check out how your school fared against the nation.