Naplan results don’t give the full picture
TWO teacher associations believe Naplan is a “high stakes” test providing only a narrow snapshot of students’ education and needs to be reviewed.
This year is the first time that some students will trial an online Naplan test, with authorities hoping that all students will test online by 2020.
Western Australian Primary Principals’ Association president Ian Anderson said a full and independent review of Naplan was now timely and necessary.
“Naplan has turned into a high stakes test with the unfortunate result of narrowing the curriculum in many schools,” he said.
“The pressure of performing affects children as well as schools in a negative way.
“Increasing numbers of school leaders, parents and academics are concerned about the unintended effects of Naplan over the 10 years of its implementation.”
State School Teachers’ Union WA vice-president Samantha Schofield said teachers were being questioned over their Naplan results during performance management conversations.
“Naplan is just one test, a narrow snapshot and incomplete picture of a student’s education and does not take into account the high quality, broad curriculum and learning experience that schools provide,” she said.
“We will be surveying our members this month to collect their experiences with Naplan, Naplan Online and standardised testing.”
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said it would be better to consider any major review of Naplan after the transition to online testing was complete.
In a letter to parents, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority chief executive Robert Randall said it was up to parents to explain to their children that the “short assessment” was “not a big deal”.
Western Australian Primary Principals' Association president Ian Anderson