Stu­dent test lev­els too low

Pilbara News - - News - Bethany Hi­att

Aus­tralia’s na­tional test­ing au­thor­ity has re­vealed plans to in­tro­duce more rig­or­ous stan­dards to mea­sure stu­dents’ achieve­ment on na­tional lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy tests, con­ced­ing the ex­ist­ing min­i­mum stan­dards are “in­suf­fi­cient”.

The Aus­tralian Cur­ricu­lum, Assess­ment and Re­port­ing Au­thor­ity, which sets and marks NAPLAN tests, is work­ing on set­ting a “pro­fi­ciency stan­dard” to iden­tify stu­dents achiev­ing at a higher level.

“The cur­rent na­tional min­i­mum stan­dard is a use­ful but in­suf­fi­cient stan­dard to gauge stu­dent readi­ness to meet the re­quire­ments of the Aus­tralian cur­ricu- lum,” a spokesman said. “The new pro­fi­ciency stan­dard is de­signed to bet­ter mea­sure stu­dents who may need more tar­geted in­ter­ven­tions.”

ACARA pre­sented a pro­posal to de­velop a pro­fi­ciency stan­dard to sup­ple­ment the min­i­mum stan­dard, which about 95 per cent of stu­dents meet, to ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ters in De­cem­ber but no im­ple­men­ta­tion date has been set.

Grat­tan In­sti­tute school ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram di­rec­tor Pete Goss, who has called for NAPLAN re­port­ing stan­dards to be raised, said the min­i­mum stan­dard was too low to be use­ful.

He said more stu­dents needed to be red-flagged ear­lier as re­quir­ing ex­tra sup­port.

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