NAPLAN and NAPLAN online
Curriculum and assessment are among the most fundamental aspects of our professional roles as teachers. Significant national and international debate has highlighted the impact of undue political interference in these professional responsibilities and the benefits that flow from letting teachers teach. Now is the time for the profession to assert itself in this space like never before. After ten long years of NAPLAN tests impacting on education and teacher and student wellbeing, we need a complete review of this national assessment program.
To this end, all branches and associated bodies of our federal union, the Australian Education Union, have determined to withdraw support from NAPLAN Online and call for a complete review of the NAPLAN testing regime. The QTU has now also determined through democratic processes, to use industrial strength to halt the further introduction of NAPLAN online if required.
"QTU members are clear – because NAPLAN has become such a high-stakes test that is used to unfairly and simplistically judge students, teachers and school leaders, the testing regime cannot continue in its current form"
14 May 2018 : The QTU has today released the results of a member survey regarding NAPLAN and MySchool. As at 30 April, the survey had 4491 responses from QTU members including classroom teachers, specialist teachers, principals, deputy principals, associate administrators and guidance officers. Responses to the survey are detailed in the Report of Survey Results however, some key findings are:
- 46% of QTU members responding to this survey never or rarely use the NAPLAN student data. Over half (57.4%) find the data from NAPLAN either useless or barely useful in their teaching practice.
- 85% of respondents have practice tests conducted at their school in preparation for NAPLAN. Teachers feel the time used on this could be better spent elsewhere.
- Teachers do not think that students’ experience of school is enhanced by NAPLAN testing. In fact 2/3 (66.6%) think that if NAPLAN testing ceased to exist tomorrow, their students' experience of school would be better.
- 65% of teachers and principals feel that if NAPLAN testing ceased to exist tomorrow, their job satisfaction would be higher.
- Almost all respondents (94%) think that NAPLAN testing is not low stakes or light touch.
- 80% of teachers and principals said that the protections put in place to prevent league tables being published have been unsuccessful.
- Teachers and principals are not supportive of NAPLAN in its current form with 78% stating that they think student outcomes have not improved over the past 10 years. Two thirds think that NAPLAN has in fact been harmful.
- Respondents overwhelmingly agree that it is time for the government to have a rethink on NAPLAN with 93% wanting a comprehensive review into NAPLAN or national standardised testing to be conducted in this country.
Have your say on the impact of NAPLAN
The QTU is surveying members to gather more detailed information about the impact of NAPLAN in Queensland schools. All members are welcome to participate in the survey as one thing is clear, the impact of NAPLAN is felt not only in years three, five, seven and nine.