We need to reform NAPLAN to make it more useful

We need to reform NAPLAN to make it more useful

Posted May 17, 2018 10:45:54 Photo: Test-based incentives have proven largely ineffective in driving school improvement. (ABC News: Nicole Chettle) The National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) has now been in place for a decade. Some 4.5 million young Australians between the ages of nine and 24 have …

Five things we wouldn’t know without NAPLAN

Five things we wouldn’t know without NAPLAN

Posted May 15, 2018 09:37:31 Photo: We may need to rethink how NAPLAN is used, but overall it’s an important tool for researchers and policy makers. (ABC News: Ian Cutmore) NAPLAN, the National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy, has been a prominent part of Australia’s education landscape since 2008, …

NAPLAN tests are valuable and criticisms aren’t backed by evidence: report

NAPLAN tests are valuable and criticisms aren’t backed by evidence: report

Updated May 14, 2018 10:05:59 The controversial NAPLAN tests are valuable and accurate and common criticisms of the national assessment tool aren’t supported by evidence, according to a report from the Centre for Independent Studies (CiS). As thousands of students prepare to sit the tests this week, the CiS report, …

Naplan: NSW government call to scrap tests rejected by Simon Birmingham | Australia news

Simon Birmingham has rejected a call from the New South Wales government to urgently scrap Naplan tests. On Friday the NSW education minister, Rob Stokes, used the second Gonski review into educational excellence to call for Naplan to be replaced with smaller, more regular and low-key tests. But Birmingham, the …

NAPLAN testing needs to be dumped in NSW with ‘haste’, NSW Government says

NAPLAN testing needs to be dumped in NSW with ‘haste’, NSW Government says

Updated May 04, 2018 08:16:38 Photo: Education Minster Rob Stokes says the test has become a way to “extort money” from students. New South Wales is the first state to call for NAPLAN testing to be scrapped, with Education Minister Rob Stokes demanding it be replaced as a matter of …

NAPLAN tests go digital as teachers’ union warns of systems failure fears

NAPLAN tests go digital as teachers’ union warns of systems failure fears

Posted May 02, 2018 07:17:20 Photo: More than 250 WA schools will conduct NAPLAN testing online this year for the first time. (ABC News: Natasha Robinson) Year 11 and 12 students at some West Australian schools have been banned from using the internet during online NAPLAN testing due to fears …

NAPLAN ‘timeout’ needed, former WA principals’ association boss says

NAPLAN ‘timeout’ needed, former WA principals’ association boss says

Updated April 21, 2018 11:10:26 Photo: Students are set to sit NAPLAN tests next month, but there are now calls for a rethink. (ABC News: Jonathan Beal) A respected figure in Western Australian education has called for a “timeout” on NAPLAN — the national literacy and numeracy assessment — because …

Teachers distressed by ‘demise’ of play-based learning in era of NAPLAN testing

Teachers distressed by ‘demise’ of play-based learning in era of NAPLAN testing

By Nadia Mitsopoulos and Emma Wynne Posted April 05, 2018 08:00:15 Photo: Are expectations of children in kindergarten and pre-primary too high? (ABC Radio Perth: Emma Wynne) Related Story: Anxious kids, worried parents: Coping with emotional turmoil in childhood Related Story: Take toys away and your kids will thank you …