Scuola ai raggi X
Il - Magazine de Il Sole 24 Ore
Stefano
1/5/2011


E’ la radiografia – per alcuni benvenuta, per altri inopinata – di un intero sistema scolastico. Raccolti nel sito Myschool (http://www.myschool.edu.au/), il governo federale australiano ha reso accessibili al pubblico i dati relativi a oltre 9500 scuole (tutte, sia pubbliche che private) per ciascuna delle quali è possibile conoscere i risultati raggiunti dai ragazzi su test annualmente condotti su scala nazionale in lettura, scrittura e calcolo. Al fine di poter fare raffronti fra scuole socio-demograficamente ‘omologhe’,
tali risultati vengono associati a dati socio-economici e di composizione etno-demografica di ogni singolo istituto scolastico e al contributo finanziario (sia pubblico che sotto forma di retta pagata dai genitori) mediamente ricevuto per ciascun alunno.
L‘iniziativa ha stimolato paragoni fra scuola pubblica e privata e spinto a comparare i vari costi per alunno in rapporto alla performance fornita nei test.
In quella che è sembrata un’insolita alleanza, due poli assai lontani all’interno del mondo scolastico hanno espresso forti riserve su Myschool: i sindacati degli insegnanti e gli istituti privati (per alcuni dei quali è risultato che le alte rette non necessariamente garantiscono performance migliori rispetto a scuole con meno finanziamenti) hanno – pur con prospettive diverse – sottolineato infatti che non si può giudicare una scuola solo dai risultati di un test condotto sugli studenti. Per quanto parziale la trasparenza imposta da Myschool sembra invece essere accolta con favore dai genitori: i dati riportati sul sito infatti vengono spesso sollevati, nel bene e nel male, durante gli incontri che in Australia avvengono regolarmente fra corpo insegnante, preside e comitati dei genitori.
Stefano Gulmanelli

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