Student test levels too low
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.