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Successful schools, successful leaders: The Australian case

D Gurr

The Routledge International Handbook of Teacher and School Development | Routledge | Published : 2012


In many countries there seems to be an unprecedented interest in school performance. In the USA, for example, not only does Newsweek continue to list annually the top thousand schools, but in 2010 the Los Angeles Times published the performance of teachers for the first time. Meanwhile, in the same year, the performance of all schools in Australia was publicly reported via the publication of student performance in national literacy and numeracy testing for all schools (available at: These examples indicate that the focus on school performance, and by implication on successful schools, can now in many countries be described as unrelenting. Fortunately, the international ..

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