Teacher journal archive (2008-2011)

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Hats off to Paul Kidson, principal of St Paul’s Grammar School in Penrith, Sydney, who wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald before the new, improved My School website was delayed in December, about the inadequacies and averaging tendencies of the revised Index of Community Socio- Educational Advantage (ICSEA). Why, he asked, shouldn’t we include other statistical items that affect student achievement? ‘Perhaps it could include a breakfast consumption factor, a public transport access factor that acknowledges some rural students spend more than 90 minutes in daily travel, an internet access equity factor or even a sports and recreational involvement factor, given what we know about the value to learning of such pursuits,’ he suggested.