Naplan re­sults don’t give the full pic­ture

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Kristie Lim

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

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