There’s controversy at the moment with NAPLAN testing regarding the stress caused on teachers and students, and a need to ‘teach to the test.’ This can be assisted by adding a further metric to NAPLAN that asks students whether they are being taught a sufficiently-wide variety of material.
A bored student is likely to be taught a narrow curriculum. This could be called the ‘boredom metric,’ and while subjective, is nevertheless likely to indicate whether teachers are ‘teaching to the test.’
The system would also be helped by use of education vouchers* to fund schools. This places funding power directly in the hands of students, and parents, so that informal word-of-mouth on classroom environment becomes an important additional source of information in deciding which school parents will send their children to, and thereby will be government funded.
*education vouchers are a subset of collaboration vouchers, and could be run within the same program.
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