Competitive NAPLAN is damaging students and teachers

A SENATE Inquiry into the NAPLAN tests has today recommended substantial changes to the tests and the MySchool website.

"The committee heard a huge amount of evidence that the MySchool site has introduced a competitive element which is damaging student and teacher wellbeing and resulting in a whole lot of 'teaching to the test'," Greens Senator Penny Wright said.

"As a committee we came to the view it's time the ranking and comparative functions for individual schools on the MySchool site were removed.

"The committee also thinks that NAPLAN needs some improvement as a diagnostic test - it's just not as helping teachers and parents support students as well as it should."

The Senate committee report recommends:

  • The Government take a more active role to ensure NAPLAN results are used to help students and schools, not create league tables.
  • Getting test results back to teachers and parents much faster (currently a 3-month turnaround);
  • Improving the design of the tests to better accommodate students with a disability and students from non-English speaking backgrounds;

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