Edu-fact check
Every now and then we come across a claim about schools that doesn't add up. My School data helps us call it for what it is. See our categories below.

Our latest: Lots left out
The federal minister is quoted as saying 
"Similar government schools should be treated consistently by the federal government wherever they are in Australia, just as similar non-government schools should be treated consistently by the federal government wherever they are in Australia."
A very blinkered view. A bigger problem lies in inconsistencies across sectors and across levels of government. We had to come up with a new category, so we call his statement an 

Edu-fact: confirmed by evidence
Edu-fiction: not supported by facts
Edu-fable: not quite the whole story 
Edu-falsehood: basically a lie
Edu-fabrication: a constructed lie       
Edu-fallacy:well-intentioned but wrong
Edu-feasible: could be something in it
Edu-foible: a rather silly statement
Edu-fantasy: a figment of imagination
Edu-fiddle: a half-truth 
Edu-faith: belief rather than evidence
Edu-furphy: a bit of a rumour
Edu-fluff: statement that adds little
Edu-fallshort: doesn't go far enough

Please email Chris if you want to challenge any findings. One resource we use is School Daze, which also includes many of the graphs we'll show on this site. 

School Daze sections:
A school is a school - or is it?
Mind the gap - it's getting wider
Mind the gap - it's getting deeper
Australia's school equity problem
Our equity problem - over time & place
Student achievement is drifting
Myth busting - school results
Those distinguished HSC achievers
The money-ro-round
More myths - private schools save $
And more - money doesn't lift results
The illusion of school choice
Where did the school community go?
Edu-comment: Recent Grattan work has made a great contribution but this time they didn't join all the dots. It's not just about doing things in school better - it's about doing school itself differently. Just ask Ken Robinson and many others. Check out the Big Picture schools. It is time to take the blinkers off.    
Edu-comment: The SMH names schools, including Malek Fahd Islamic School, where HSC results seem to defy their low SES status. But enrolment into Year 7 at that school is "based on an interview, academic and behavior reports as well as results of a selective exam undertaken in the year previous to enrolment." It is effectively a selective school. The SMH writers should have checked. 
Edu-comment: The big lesson for Australia is that we can reform schools to the hilt, hammer reading, maths and science etc - but nothing will change unless we address fundamental problems in our school framework. Separating the strivers and strugglers into different schools - as we do both within and across sectors - creates schools that end up just either coasting at one end or declining at the other!

Want to see Edu-Latest going back to 2008? Click here

Edu-graph This is the graph (from The vanishing private school) which tells the real story about where government funding goes, by school sector and ICSEA band. The most striking feature is that – as we would expect – higher rates of funding are applied to schools in the lower ICSEA ranges, and conversely reducing toward the higher, more advantaged end.

The numbers in brackets below the graph indicate the sample size in each category.  The school and student numbers in the lower ICSEA bands are relatively small and these are mostly government schools.

A brief inspection shows that two-thirds of all schools are to be found in the ICSEA ranges from 950 to 1149.  Within this zone, the government funding per student within each range varies little from sector to sector. 
About us
This site monitors media comment and research on the educational issues that matter. To contribute your sources and links email Chris:  bonnorc@gmail.com


We'll include links from time to time. We recommend that you keep in touch with Save Our Schools. Trevor Cobbold's research is compelling.

Other sites keep track of new articles, reports and research on schools. These include the TJ Ryan Foundation, The Conversation and Australian Policy Online

Here are the widely reported stories about Australia's schools, from my work with Bernie Shepherd.

OUR LATEST is The Vanishing Private School, published end of January 2017 and reported in The Guardian. 

September 2016: Institutionalised Inequality Published in Inside Story

June 2016: Uneven playing field: the state of Australian schools released by the Centre for Policy Development.

March 2016:
School Daze - what My School really says about our schools.

February 2016:
...and half a story doesn't fit the facts. Our response to One school does not fit all, issued by the Centre for Independent Studies. 

July 16th 2015:
'Private school, public cost' - Findings from My School 2015. First report in the SMH

Equity in Australian schooling - an update. (October 2014) What Gonski found to be bad we have found to be worse. Reports about it here and here. Also in Inside Story. UPDATED My School 6 version now available: Gonski, My School and the Education Market.

The public and private of student achievement (December 2014) Schools with similar students get similar results. Reported in the Sun Herald.

School funding and achievement - following the money trail (February 2015) Similar schools get similar results, so what does it cost? Read the main media report and our oped in the Guardian Australia.

Is the idea of a school community - at least in a geographic sense - a myth? Just a quarter of our schools have an enrolment that reflects their locality.