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IPT: School League Tables

posted Sep 9, 2009, 3:33 PM by Eddie Woo   [ updated Sep 14, 2009, 7:01 PM ]
For those who didn't catch the introductory explanation, the proposed league tables are simply tables of data that describe the performance of schools in the various national tests (e.g. NAPLAN). The idea behind them is that it allows people to simply, numerically, compare schools side-by-side and see how they stack up against a few significant metrics. Read the pamphlet for more details.

I was going to ask you all to work through another past paper from your exam booklet, but when I found these big colour handouts in my roll call folder I couldn't resist!

Take out your handout and read it carefully. If you want more background information, then do a news search for school league tables. Then, in a new classwork post, please answer the following:
  1. By carrying out research, briefly describe what a school league table is.
  2. Outline the key arguments for and against school league tables.
  3. Describe the relationship between emerging trends in information technology and the debate that has arisen over league tables.
  4. Propose an argument for or against the publishing of league tables, with close reference to related social and ethical issues.