If jurisdictions which have neglected their education systems are the big winners in the Gonski reforms one has to wonder at the ACT’s haste to sign up after a decade of Labor rule.
Andrew Barr is letting us know he’s gone and signed us all up to the National Education Reform Agreement:
The agreement incorporates the National Plan for School Improvement, which will see the two Governments work together to achieve:
• Continued improvement in teacher quality, through ensuring all ACT teachers are registered using the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers;
• Full delivery of the world class Australian Curriculum in all ACT schools;
• More power for local school leaders through supporting principals to better monitor achievement and track progress to inform publicly available plans for school improvement;
• Flexible learning options that recognise the different learning styles and needs of students, particularly those students at risk of being or already disengaged from school;
• Implementation of the Disability Standards for Education to provide reasonable adjustments for students with a disability to access the curriculum;
• Greater access to quality language programs, including priority Asian languages.
As part of the National Plan, both Governments will also adopt consistent needs-based funding arrangements, with the Gillard Government moving to legislate its funding commitments over coming weeks.
UPDATE: Chief Minister Gallagher’s take on it is also available.