Student achievement: frozen by inequity

17 Apr 2013

FROM the day of its launch in 2010 the My School website confronted us with the close link between student achievement and the socio-educational status of their parents and their school population. While the website itself is of mixed benefit, its data continues to throw into sharp relief the differences in educational outcomes around the country.

The latest data from My School offers the clearest illustration of why parliaments around Australia must enact the Gonski reforms to education funding as a matter of urgency. While no one would claim that the NAPLAN tests – the basis of My School – are an adequate measure of educational outcomes, the results are at least consistent, and the picture they present is not one we can afford to ignore…

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