Release type: Media Release

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Rudd Government committed to greater transparency in schools

Ministers:

The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion
Deputy Prime Minister

As part of the Education Revolution, the Rudd Government is committed to a new era of transparency to drive improvement in our schools and better target resources.

The Rudd Government is not interested in simplistic league tables which rank schools according to raw test scores. For instance, schools will not be ranked according to NAPLAN results.

School profiles agreed at the last Education Ministers' meeting will give accurate data on individual school performance and important, relevant data about school context, including student background data.

These transparency measures will give parents, communities and the public much better information about the performance of our schools.

Public debate and analysis of school performance information should be responsible and robust.

The Rudd Government believes that it is in the public interest that this debate and analysis is well-informed by accurate, properly contextualised information.

For the first time, parents, teachers and members of the community will have access to information that details a school’s results, its workforce, its financial resources and the student population it serves.

The information available will enable comparison of each school with other local schools and with schools serving similar student populations around the nation.

These same transparency and accountability requirements will apply to both government and non-government schools.

Through better monitoring of performance at the student and school level, educational outcomes can be lifted across all schools and all sectors.

The new National Education Agreement delivers the resources and the accountability for outcomes that will deliver the Rudd Government’s Education Revolution to all of Australia’s schools.

The Government understands that there are some that remain opposed to greater transparency in our schools.

The Rudd Government believes it is time we stopped averting our eyes from under-performing schools and acted to address problems and ensure every Australian child is receiving a world class education.

The Australian Government is working with the States and Territories and all school systems on the implementation of the transparency and accountability agenda. The Government is currently consulting on shared protocols to ensure the good use of data.