NAPLAN

Learning to write should not be hijacked by NAPLAN: New research shows what is really going on

By Annette Woods and Aspa Baroutsis and Lisa Kervin and Barbara Comber

You couldn’t miss the headlines and page one stories across Australia recently about the decline of Australian children’s writing skills. The release of results of national tests in literacy and numeracy meant we were treated to a range of colour-coded tables and various info graphics that highlighted ‘successes’ and ‘failures’ and that dire, downward trend.

The dark side of NAPLAN: it’s not just a benign ‘snapshot’

By Don Carter

The release of the latest NAPLAN results this week identified a problem with student performance in writing. This

This is what primary school children think about NAPLAN

By Angelique Howell

There are no obvious consequences for poor National Assessment Program: Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) performance by individual children. So the notion that children should not be too stressed about doing the tests is not uncommon. However, as I see it, the idea that NAPLAN is a low-stakes test is an adult idea. It imposes an

Dump NAPLAN stress: here’s a better way to do our national literacy and numeracy testing

By Rachel Wilson

We need to reform our national assessment program as a matter of urgency. Anyone who has stepped into

NAPLAN and edu-business: the commercialisation of schooling in Australia

By Anna Hogan

NAPLAN testing is orchestrating a high-stakes environment in Australian schools where schools, teachers, students and even parents feel the pressure to perform and do well. Edu-businesses are capitalising on this high-stakes environment for commercial advantage. Schools and governments now purchase products and services that are explicitly tied to test development and preparation, data analysis and

Ken Wiltshire: Pyne needs to do his job and fix these 3 emerging problems with schooling

By Ken Wiltshire

Federal Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, seems distracted by other political events as some disturbing developments emerge in Australian

Our obsession with school achievement data is misplaced: we’re measuring the wrong things.

By Linda Graham

In 2008 Australia began a national assessment program that tests school children in Years 3, 5, 7 and

Australia’s most disadvantaged children invisible in official NAPLAN results

By Sue Creagh

It seems simple enough. The idea behind the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing program

Around the traps

Australian educational researchers continually produce world leading research findings that challenge the way we do things in schools

There are better ways of testing than NAPLAN

By By Stephen Dobson

Professor in education, University of South Australia. Constantly weighing a pig does not make it fatter, nor does