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Parents contribute to NAPLAN review

Recent debate about the value and impact of NAPLAN has prompted a review of the national literacy and numeracy tests in Queensland.

Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace has called on parents to contribute their views to the NAPLAN review and to share their test experiences.

“We want to hear from Queensland parents and carers so we can gauge whether the program still meets the needs of students, parents and schools,” Ms Grace said in a media statement.

“I want to make sure we strike the right balance so that the right information is used for the right purposes, and any unintended consequences of the current NAPLAN program are recognised and addressed,” she said.

“We know Queensland is one of the most improved Australian jurisdictions in literacy and numeracy since the NAPLAN tests started, and we want these strong results to continue well into the future.”

The Queensland Department of Education has engaged independent reviewers, Dr Gabrielle Matters and Dr Robert Lake, to consult with parents and parent organisations from the three schooling sectors – State, Catholic and independent – to ensure that a broad range of opinions are captured.

The review will investigate the following issues:

    1. impact of NAPLAN testing on students, including student wellbeing
    2. impact of NAPLAN testing on teachers
    3. value and benefit of NAPLAN
    4. unintended consequences of the current NAPLAN testing
    5. usefulness of NAPLAN results
    6. understanding of the composition and content of NAPLAN tests.

Survey

Parents were invited to contribute their views to the NAPLAN review through an online survey. The survey has now closed.

Interviews

The review team is conducting interviews with parents from 18 June.

Forums

The NAPLAN review team held parent forums between 7 and 12 June in Brisbane, Townsville and Emerald.

Context

This review is being undertaken within the context of a larger Queensland review on the impact of NAPLAN on teaching and learning.  The larger and more comprehensive review will be undertaken at a future date.

The Queensland Government has established a website with information on the review | LINK

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