The Australian government announced plans for a national student ID to track progress across schools or states, says The Sydney Morning Herald. The new system would enable student course performance to be monitored throughout the duration of their school life, as they move from school to school.
The number would be attached to the government’s My School program, which posts school’s results on the Internet. The identity of students would be covered by privacy protections, allowing access to only parents and teachers – to assess student’s strengths and weaknesses.
The My School website is updated once a year and grades each school on its National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy performance in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation and numeracy. Parents are also sent test results for their child each year.
The new identity number would allow parents and teachers to access a database documenting the child’s performance throughout their time at school, regardless of how many schools they attended and whether they shifted interstate.
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