A version of the following letter was published in The Courier-Mail on Saturday 2 May 2015. It was submitted in response to an opinion piece that had appeared in the previous day's edition. Underlined words were deleted and bracketed ones were inserted. The paper's heading was "MySchool and NAPLAN fail to give parents best advice on education".
David Gillespie provides (provided) sound advice (in his opinion pice, C-M, May 1) when he writes (said) that schools that genuinely add value to student learning are better choices than prestigious ones with slick marketing campaigns that fail to do this ("Find school that adds value", Opinion, May 1).
He recommends (recommended) using the MySchool website to identify such schools. There are, however, a couple of problems.
First, is that the NAPLAN tests report single-point-in-time performance on only a narrow slice of the whole school curriculum.
Then, if the perceived "value adding" school is not nearby, students will be contributing to traffic congestion and overcrowding on public transport. In addition, we would have a healthier nation if more students walked or rode bikes to school and for that to be viable, schools need to be relatively close to home.
Gillespie also reminds (reminded) us that NAPLAN results are often misused in inappropriate league tables.
With this set of problems, NAPLAN and MySchool are probably not worth what they cost the taxpayer. This has been reported to be $10 million annually but ACARA is not forthright about the amount. Could this be because they fear it would not stand up to a proper cost-benefit analysis?
Early Career Conference 2022: Writing our future?
Writing our future? - a conference presented by and for early career teachers on Saturday 22 October at Wynnum SHS (tbc)
External Examination Preparation
Registration Scroll down to register - but please do read this information Schools should register each teacher who will be using the materials. Acting on feedback from last year, we will be making the materials available earlier this year. We will be running the External Examination Preparation as one package with more fl...
Writing our future in Essential English 2022
Writing our future in Essential English - a community of practice especially for teachers of Essential English on Saturday 5 November.
Indigenous Perspectives in the Junior Curriculum
After a work program review Town High explored ways to better embed indigenous perspectives in the year 7 program through a novella study of Black Cockatoo. The unit became our first taste of analytical essay writing in year 7, in preparation for subsequent years. We found greater engagement from students across the board. ...
This is the first time I have been to an ETAQ conference and it was really sensational to get so much at all of the sessions.
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