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As a for­mer pri­mary school prin­ci­pal I was par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in Susie O’Brien's ar­ti­cle More than just a score card (

Sept 21-22). I agree that Naplan tests tell ex­tremely lit­tle about the whole per­son. In­deed, the re­sults can have a dam­ag­ing ef­fect on some pupils — es­pe­cially the less able ones — and even on the spirit of cer­tain dis­ad­van­taged schools.

The most im­por­tant re­port on a child’s de­vel­op­ment is from the teacher, who learns to know the whole per­son, not only aca­dem­i­cally.

So Naplan can only play a very mi­nor role re­ally. Neville Hatwell Payne­ham

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