Par­ents to have a say on Na­plan

The Western Star - - NEWS -

PAR­ENTS are be­ing asked whether their chil­dren are stressed un­nec­es­sar­ily by Na­plan tests in a new state wide re­view of the lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy as­sess­ment.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Grace Grace is seek­ing feed­back from par­ents about the con­tro­ver­sial stan­dard­ised test, which is cur­rently un­der re­view at both a fed­eral and state level.

As part of the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s eval­u­a­tion of the yearly test, Ms Grace is call­ing on par­ents to can­didly an­swer a ques­tion­naire about their ex­pe­ri­ence with the test, in­clud­ing whether they have re­sorted to pulling their kids out of Na­plan be­cause of the pres­sure.

Ms Grace is also ask­ing par­ents whether they be­lieve their school spends too much time prep­ping kids for Na­plan tests.

“Since be­com­ing Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter, I have been con­stantly ap­proached by par­ents, prin­ci­pals and teach­ers about their con­cerns with the Na­plan tests,” Ms Grace said.

“The tim­ing is right to have a look at the tests to see what is work­ing and what isn’t,” she said.

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