Kiwiblog has a couple of debates going on about the reaction to the prospect of “league tables” being published listing school results in national assessments. I’ve gone over my opinion there, so I’ll just briefly summarize it here:
1. I don’t think there is any valid reason to keep the results hidden from public view. It can only harm the public perception of the education system and educators.
2. It is up to the Ministry of Education or the schools themselves to explain the assessment results if the feel that they don’t accurately reflect the performance of individual schools (something that is quite likely, given the multitude of factors that can influence results)
3. As long as there continues to be a sense of mistrust or sense of contradictory goals between the five main groups involved in this – the government, the schools, the teachers, the parents and the students – then education is going to continue to stagnate and be swamped in petty power struggles and blamestorming.
More news as it comes in.