LETTER OF THE WEEK
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