School details out on Friday

THE Federal Government's My School website will release schools' financial data on Friday after a three-month delay.

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School announced they have no concerns about the data being released despite concerns from Australian independent schools that their financial data had been misrepresented.

Director of Marketing and Enrolment David

Stonier said the school had always maintained trans- parent communication with parents.

“We don't have any concerns about data being released, we're very open, we always send letters home to parents,” Mr Stonier said.

“But there's always controversy surrounding it.

“They've done the best thing by delaying it to get the right data.”

Mr Stonier said parents should remember the information on the website was just a starting point, and that a school's results can differ dramatically from year to year.

“The good thing about it is parents have even more information when looking at schools in their region, but it's important to remember that it's just a snapshot,” he said.

“The student's report card is just as important.

“At the moment we know that we are doing really well, but because we're not a selective school, the same level of results won't occur every year.”

Education Minister Peter Garrett had to postpone the launch of the new version of the My School website because of inaccuracies in financial data, however he said it is on track to be released on Friday now the data has been revised.

“This comes after rigor- ous testing, consultation and validation of the new data to ensure it's mean- ingful, accurate, and comparable and that schools understand how their information will be presented,” he said.

Literacy and numeracy test results will also show academic trends over the past three years.



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