My School site not my choice
THE national curriculum authority has dismissed survey results that show the federal government’s My School website is not a major influence for Queensland parents choosing independent schools.
I ndependent Schools Q u e e n s l a n d ’ s s e c o n d ‘ ‘ What Parents Want’’ survey on Thursday revealed only 8.2 per cent of parents who recently enrolled a child in an independent school were influenced by the website.
The body has been critical of the site, saying not all of the new financial data has been verified.
Its survey found 74 per
David Robertson cent of parents listened to friends and colleagues when choosing an independent school, 67 per cent to other parents wit h c hi l d r e n a t t he school, while 48 per cent said school open were a factor.
Of the 14 research options offered in the survey, parents ranked My School eighth.
Aus t r a l i a n Cur r i c u - lum, Assessment and Reporting Authority chair, Barry McGaw, dismissed the survey yesterday.
‘‘ My School was first launched on January 28, 2 0 1 0 , b y whi c h t i me parents would have already made their choice of school for that year,’’ he said. ‘‘ Asking them in October and November 2010, whether My School h a d i n f l u e n c e d t h e i r choice, produced the unsurprising result that it had not.’’
I ndependent Schools Queensland executive director David Robertson defended his organisation’s survey.
‘ ‘ The s ur v e y r e p o r t makes it clear that My School had only recently started,’’ he said.
‘‘ However, parents who s w i t c h e d s c h o o l s throughout the year also took part in the survey so the question was relevant.’’
The survey used data from 2292 parents and guardians from 84 independent schools.
The controversial My School site was recently relaunched with data on how much money was spent on each student.