Website could do better

SCHOOL PRIDE: Bomaderry High School deputy principal Jo Parsons and relieving deputy principal Mark Graham agree the community has a right to access school information, but encourage parents to speak with the school to get the full story rather than rely solely on the new My School website.
SCHOOL PRIDE: Bomaderry High School deputy principal Jo Parsons and relieving deputy principal Mark Graham agree the community has a right to access school information, but encourage parents to speak with the school to get the full story rather than rely solely on the new My School website.

SHOALHAVEN principals have criticised the Federal Government’s controversial My School website.

Launched yesterday, the website provides profiles and school performance data on almost 10,000 Australia schools but a number of local principals claimed the site gave an inadequate assessment of a school’s performance.

Statistical and contextual information and school results from the NAPLAN test can be compared on a national basis or to statistically similar schools across Australia.

Each school has a profile page displaying a range of information including attendance rates, socioeconomic status of the student body and capacity of students and staff.

Professor Barry McGaw from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority said the website provided an important opportunity for everyone to learn more about Australian schools.

“By providing extensive information on Australian schools, the My School website introduces a new level of transparency and accountability to the Australian school system,” he said.