League tables reach new lows

The Australian newspaper today took the NAPLAN testing to league tables to new lows today when it published a list of the Top 100 Schools in Australia based on the NAPLAN results from last year. Just a couple of weeks before this ¬†year’s students are due to sit their NAPLAN tests, the Australian upped the ante, following its News Limited stable-mate The Herald-Sun, who earlier published front page news on ‘How Your School Ranks‘. At the same as the AEU has proposed boycotting the forthcoming tests because of the dangers of league tables and the simplistic judgements that follow, the timing of this article is pretty much designed to whip up as much interest and frenzy as possible.

The Australian article opens:

MONEY still buys the best education in Australia, with elite schools in NSW and Victoria dominating a list of the nation’s top 100 schools prepared exclusively by The Weekend Australian.