Test­ing crit­i­cised

Stirling Times - - News -

STATE School Teach­ers’ Union of WA pres­i­dent Pat Byrne has la­belled a Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment plan to in­tro­duce more lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy tests for Year 1 stu­dents as “too nar­row”.

Fed­eral Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Si­mon Birm­ing­ham re­leased a re­port formed by a panel of prin­ci­pals, teach­ers, aca­demics and re­searchers into the need for lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy checks for Aus­tralian Year 1 stu­dents on Septem­ber 18.

The panel found the lit­er­acy checks should fo­cus on phon­ics while the nu­mer­acy as­sess­ment should fo­cus on num­ber sense and lo­ca­tion.

“To sug­gest that a teacher by term 3 of Year 1 would not know which chil­dren were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing prob­lems is to de­mean the value of their pro­fes­sional judge­ment,” Ms Byrne said.

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