My School

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My School
Commercial? No
Type of site School performance monitioring
Available in English
Owner Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority
Launched 28 January 2010; 4 years ago (2010-01-28)
Current status Online

My School is a website administered by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) which provides access to information about Australian schools. Nearly 10,000 schools across Australia can be searched.[1]

The site reports data from the annual National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests which compulsorily assess reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and numeracy at years 3, 5, 7 and 9 for all Australian school students. It also displays information such as school missions, staffing, financial information, its resources and its students' characteristics.[2]

The website does not allow users to directly compare schools of their choosing.[3]

Launch[edit]

The website went live at 1:00 am on 28 January 2010.[4] Later that morning the website became unavailable due to extremely high demand. It was launched by the then Minister for Education, Julia Gillard.[3]

Update[edit]

An update to the site was expected in December 2010, however its roll-out was delayed until March 2011.[5] The primary aim of the changes was to increase funding transparency.

Opposition[edit]

Teachers' unions and some parent bodies have expressed concerns that the data is being used to formulate league tables of schools. Principals claim that students have been asked to leave some schools because their performance on NAPLAN tests was expected to damage those schools' rankings.[6] Independent think tank the Grattan Institute calls for schools to be judged on the individual improvement students make every year rather than the comparison based on raw test scores used on My School.[7] The Australian Education Union has resolved to boycott[8] future NAPLAN testing if the My School website is used in this way.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "My School Website Information". ACT Department of Education and Training. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "My School website". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Peter Knapp (7 April 2012). "Finding meaning the greatest test". The Australia (News Limited). Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "My School site a victim of its own success: Gillard". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved on 9 April 2012.). 28 January 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "MySchool website data has 'grave inaccuracies'". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 4 March 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Tim Leslie (24 March 2010). Principals unite against 'unfair' My School site. ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved on 9 April 2012.
  7. ^ Justine Ferrari (27 January 2010). My School website data 'inaccurate and unfair'. The Australian. News Limited.
  8. ^ Anna Patty (19 January 2010) Teachers plan test boycott over league table fears. Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. 19 March 2010. Retrieved on 9 April 2012.

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