Do School Principals Respond to Increased Public Scrutiny? New Survey Evidence from Australia
M Coelli, G Foster, A Leigh
The Economic Record | Wiley | Published : 2018
We explore responses of Australian school principals to the introduction of test score reporting via the My School website in 2010. Theory suggests that heightened public scrutiny should motivate principals to adopt best practices for improving their schools' test results. We use responses from both public and private schools to a custom-built questionnaire administered to principals before (2009) and after (2012) the My School website launch. We find scarce evidence of meaningful adjustments over time, but we do find evidence of significantly different policies and practices across school groups.
We also thank Gordon Leslie, Su-Min Lim, and Joseph Madden for superior research assistance, and the University of New South Wales and the University of Melbourne for financial support. All errors remain ours and all views expressed herein are ours, and not those of ACARA or any other institution.