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Teachers' Union Threatens Boycott over National Web Site

STUDENT PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

February 5, 2010

The Australian Education Union is threatening to boycott this year's national literacy and numeracy tests in protest of a national Web site that will publish students' scores, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Though the site will not attach names to the scores, the union says that, at smaller schools, poorly-performing students would be identifiable, as would their teachers. The education ministers "know full well there will be damage caused to students," the union's federal secretary, Angelo Gavrielatos says. Additionally, Gavrielatos says the new protocols for school data collection omit a previous provision intended to protect the community from instances when "the privacy of individuals would be compromised."  
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