Wednesday, 25 May 2022

    NAPLAN overhaul on cards

    States have been urged to focus on improving educational outcomes for students, rather than scrutinising the NAPLAN test, following the launch of a $1m ­review of the testing regimen, The Australian reports.

    Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan, who rejected a call for a national review of the Nationa­l Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy back in June, has urged NSW, Victoria and Queensland to “stop obsessing about the NAPLAN test and start obsessing about the ­NAPLAN results”.

    “Which would mean focusing on improving literacy and numeracy,” Mr Tehan said.

    The states released terms of reference for the review this month — it will be the sixth review­ of NAPLAN in just five years.

    While the Australian Educa­tion Union welcomed the review, describing it as “long overdue”, it was criticised by Australian Catholic University research fellow Kevin Donnelly as a “Trojan horse” for a push to undermine independent objective testing of Australian students.

    Dr Donnelly, co-author of the most recent major review­ of the national curriculum, expressed concerns that the states behind the review were being used by forces wanting to move away from standardised testing towards a system where students were assessed­ on improvement, not overall academic achievement.

    “The review of NAPLAN … is a Trojan horse that will further destro­y standards and outcomes and ensure the continued underperformance of Australian stud­ents,” Dr Donnelly said.

    “It’s like watching a slow-­moving train wreck.”

    Centre for Independent Studies research fellow Blaise Joseph said there was nothing wrong with the states having a review, so long as it didn’t duplicate the work of previous reviews.


    Obsess on results, not NAPLAN, states told (The Australian)


    Back to the drawing board: NAPLAN overhaul on the cards in three-state review (The Australian)