My School site not my choice

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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