Another round of NAPLAN testing has come and gone, the My School website has been updated again, and The Canberra Times has published another set of league tables showing where each ACT school sits in relationship to others.
The sky has not fallen in.
Moreover, no schools have collapsed as a result of our rankings, and no teachers have been sacked. The prediction that schools that found themselves towards the bottom of the tables would suffer a mass exodus of students has not been fulfilled. In fact, the very good news about literacy and numeracy performance in the ACT is that it continues to be better than in any other state or territory. Not that that means there's no room for improvement.
Those schools that are towards the bottom of the rankings are the focus of political and bureaucratic support - just as they should be. This happens whether or not results are in the public domain.
The My School website should be viewed as an educational success. It has brought transparency to school performance and has surely engaged far more Australian parents with the educational experiences of their children than ever before. That can only be a good thing.
It has brought greater accountability from governments and the education bureaucracies that are ultimately responsible for running the system.
What The Canberra Times does with that My School data, however, continues to elicit condemnation from education unions, the bureaucracy and politicians.
Who likes league tables? Parents, generally, as an easily digestible way to get information about a school. Do they believe a ranking on NAPLAN scores alone makes entirely for a good or a bad school? Hopefully not.
Each school is a unique community with strengths and weaknesses that parents should consider when judging the best fit for their individual child. But they should rightly expect that their chosen school will embed sound skills in reading, writing and maths.
Is it harmful for them to know how many students in their child's school meet national benchmarks in literacy and numeracy? Or how their school compares with surrounding schools or schools in alternative systems? We think not.
The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority, which oversees the My School website and administers the NAPLAN tests for years 3, 5, 7 and 9 each year, has always warned against league tables, saying the system was never designed for such base representation of literacy and numeracy test scores.
And the Australian Education Union thinks the tables we present each year are ''crude, unreliable and unnecessary''.
Similarly, the Independent Education Union of Australia opposes national standardised testing as it stresses students and teachers each year.
Nobody said NAPLAN was a perfect system. It is but a small snapshot on a day in May of student performance. But for all of NAPLAN's inherent flaws, we need to use something.
Surely a more stressful situation is having to cope with the fallout of students who, for whatever reason, are not grasping the basics.
Whatever her perceived failings as prime minister, Julia Gillard as education minister placed literacy and numeracy front and centre of school performance and she introduced a website that allows parents to see how well their school performs. She did this in the face of a lot of outrage and opposition from the AEU.
Parents should be interested in how schools in their city rate across literacy and numeracy domains, and the more information they have access to, the better.
They understand it is only part of the picture - but it's an important part nonetheless.