It Couldn’t Happen Here – Could It?

Earlier in the year, Will Richardson highlighted a pay for test results plan coming out of Texas that had him "oy"ing in dismay. I was astounded at the time and said so in the comments section but thought that maybe it was a particular peculiarity of that US state. After all, Wes Fryer was putting the Texas education system under the blowtorch in his most recent post.

But our federal leaders obviously think that plans like this are the way to improve Aussie education, as highlighted in The Australian yesterday and today. It's still unclear how the rewards would be calculated and whether they will be tied to standardised test results. Why do we insist on following other system's harebrained ideas in the name of accountability, when these ideas don't even have the support of their own educators?

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