1850 students to re-sit NAPLAN test after online issues

MORE than 1800 students will re-sit parts of the NAPLAN test at 83 schools across Queensland next week after the online platform was plagued with problems.

Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace said disruptions to the online testing portal in the past two weeks had impacted students right across Australia.

As a result, Ms Grace has urged the Federal Government to delay the full roll-out of NAPLAN online until testing and enhancements are made and has renewed calls for a comprehensive national review.


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In Queensland alone, 481 schools took part in the online testing, but 1850 students will be required to re-sit parts of it next week.

More than 1600 will re-sit the writing test, while a further 230 will re-sit the reading test. Ten students will need to re-sit the conventions of language test.

Students at a further 398 schools also experienced issues with the online platform but will not be required to re-sit the test.

“Queensland has always taken a cautious approach to the implementation of online testing for NAPLAN and the issues experienced by students in the past fortnight justify that approach,” Ms Grace said.

“States were reassured by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) that issues experienced with the online test in 2018 had been addressed, however we saw more issues this year.

“After more than a decade of NAPLAN testing, the time is right to have a thorough look at what’s working and what could be done better.”

Ms Grace said the Palaszczuk Government had already commissioned its own review of NAPLAN to investigate the role it plays in driving student outcomes.

More than 7,500 parents and carers and 3,000 students responded to the first stage of the state review, while 5800 teachers and principals and 200 education stakeholders responded to the second stage.

“The review identified that NAPLAN had played a role in supporting improvements in Queensland’s educational outcomes,” Ms Grace said.

“However, many parents reported that testing caused their child to experience anxiety and stress; that there were a range of unintended consequences stemming from the now high-stakes nature of the testing; and that there were differing expectations about the purpose of NAPLAN.

“Educators expressed concern at the growing amount of time and pressure in preparing for testing; examples of teaching being tailored to NAPLAN, resulting in a narrowing of the curriculum; and that NAPLAN data was being misinterpreted as the sole indicator of a school’s performance.

“I again call on the Morrison Government to listen to all states and territories; listen to parents and students; listen to teachers and commit to a national review.

“Queensland’s work in this area means we are ready and able to contribute our findings to a national review.”

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