Federation is campaigning to replace the NAPLAN approach to assessment and testing.
Endorsed at Annual Conference on 2-4 July, the campaign aims to protect the quality of teaching and learning in our public school classrooms from the negative effects of NAPLAN testing as it is currently formulated.
The conference decision states:
“The NAPLAN testing regime has failed to lift national performance as measured by global tests; it has failed to enrich the quality of teaching practice; it has narrowed the range and depth of what is taught in the nation’s classrooms; it has caused a culture of shaming vulnerable children and communities with a profound human cost; it has led to a decline in the educational experience of school children in the creative, performing and imaginative arts and in parts of the curriculum that are intangible and immeasurable but vital to the human and ethical development of young people. NAPLAN has failed by every criterion it has set itself. The current approaches to this type of assessment and testing must be replaced.”
The campaign will address:
- issues arising from the NAPLAN Online trial, such as unequal student access to computer technology, the inadequacies and inequities in the technical capacity of schools, and computer marking of extended prose
- the decision to base a HSC literacy and numeracy standard on Year 9 NAPLAN results rather than the HSC syllabuses that are taught and examined
- the “teaching to the test” trend caused by the attachment of high stakes to what was intended to be a diagnostic test
- the growing obsession with school and student data collection
- the self-serving goals of edu-businesses that regard schools and students as a consumer market for their products and services.