The website responsible for controversially publishing NAPLAN test results has a new look - but the same formula
Mar 10, 2016 | News | by The Learning Press staff
A revamped version of the controversial My School website has been launched today in an attempt to make it more user-friendly.
The updated site includes eight years of data on some 10,000 Australian schools - including the latest 2015 school profile and population data, NAPLAN results, student attendance data and school financial information.
The refresh includes simplified information and improved readability.
Education minister Simon Birmingham said My School offered a “unique” and “invaluable” range of data.
“Parents have a great appetite for information to support engagement with their children’s learning and help them make choices about education,” he said.
“My School helps people understand and engage with schools because when schools and families work together, children do better and stay in school longer.”
The publishing of NAPLAN school testing data and the results comparison of ‘like’ schools remain controversial aspects of the site.
Lynne Edwards, a teacher and the author of How to Pass a Test told Fairfax Media in February: "Once a narrow testing system is given the high-stakes status attached to the My School website and then published in league tables, the distortion becomes detrimental and destructive.”
She argues that because NAPLAN results are delivered to schools six months after the tests are taken, they are “practically useless” as a feedback tool for students.
The results of NAPLAN 2015 were published on My School today, ten months after the tests were taken.
University of Western Sydney researchers have found that students vomit, cry and stay away from school over NAPLAN testing, their study concluding that NAPLAN “harms students”.
Robert Randall of The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority said: “There is no other website that provides the wealth of data available on My School, with the ability to make fair comparisons among schools with similar students.
“We know parents appreciate having this information available in one central online location, in a format that is now even easier to navigate and understand.”
My School recorded almost 1.5 million user sessions in 2014-15.