This year’s UAI scores were released this week and one Patrick Horsley from Radford scored the ACT’s only perfect 100.
Congratulations to him and all that.
However, the interesting thing I took from that story, and this other one also by Emma Macdonald, is that the Board of Senior Secondary Studies appears to be making it harder for parents to pick where to send their kids if they want good academic performance.
Apparently the BSSS has stopped issuing useful statistics and is only giving the median score for each school’s UAIs. They used to provide the full spread of statistics, which gave a more meaningful basis for comparing a school’s students’ performance year to year.
However, Opposition education spokeswoman Vicki Dunne said she did not think one should be comparing year-to-year statistics because “every cohort of students is different and some years are great and some years are not”.
She also said, “Parents should think most about which school would suit their child and not look at complex raw numbers.”