Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the government is considering changing the way schools are rated in an effort to improve student outcomes.
Mr Birmingham says there are issues with the way many schools are managed.
He says it is too easy for teachers to get caught up in the process of grading their students.
“If you’re teaching in a state like NSW, where you have a lot of different systems, it’s easy to get into the habit of making that assessment of student performance,” he said.
“There’s no way to do that with the system we have in Australia right now.”
Mr Birmingham said it was important to understand how school quality has been improving across the country.
He said teachers were now working harder and more effectively to ensure their students are learning the right things.
“The fact is that our teachers are doing an incredible job and we need them to be even more effective,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“We need more effective teachers in every school.”
School quality issues The National Education Standards Authority (NEA) says it has identified more than a dozen areas of concern in Australia’s education system.
Among those are the lack of a clear definition of what is considered a “good” and “poor” school.
Mr Johnson says teachers are not getting the best value for money and that is why there is a need for an independent body to oversee the system.
“Schools are a marketplace of ideas and that means schools have to have a very good reputation,” he says.
He says the NEA will soon be putting together a draft report on how to improve school quality. “
So we need an independent agency that’s doing that.”
He says the NEA will soon be putting together a draft report on how to improve school quality.
Mr Bentley says the changes will go beyond changing the system to improving teacher quality.
“It will be about making sure that all teachers have the skills they need, so they’re trained and able to work with students and deliver a quality education to the community,” he explains.
“And that’s the whole point of the changes.”
The NEA is currently working with schools to identify the best methods to improve teacher quality, including by reducing the number of exams required, making teachers more flexible and introducing better teaching strategies.
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