Government launches controversial schools website28 January, 2010
|By Allison Orr|
Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, today launched the government’s information website on Australian schools, MySchool.org.au. However, the site’s launch has been overshadowed by technical problems, with the site crashing only hours after its official launch due to the huge number of people trying to logon to the site. The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority, which developed the site, managed to get the site back online later in the morning.
The website will provide parents with information on Australian schools using data from the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests from 10,000 schools. The site also includes a socio-economic index to rank the schools. There are also groupings of statistically similar schools to enable comparisons of performance of like schools.
The website has generated controversy, with the Education Union saying it will unfairly stigmatise disadvantaged schools. Many organisations and commentators have said that the site may lead to the creation of league tables which will only simplify a very complex issue.