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.

ACT government calls for teacher education courses overhaul in review submission(Brisbane Times, 19 & 20 Feb 2018)

NAPLAN testing faces scrutiny as education ministers push for changes (ABC 19 Feb 2018)

Three major problems with NAPLAN (link to article in NW Star 7 Feb 2018)

NAPLAN ballot draws a line in the sand

By Sam Pidgeon, Vice-President | To be published in Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 123 No 1, 9 February 2018, p11

30 Jan 2018 : Directive to ban NAPLAN online in 2018

In this issue: Directive to ban NAPLAN Online | Anti-bullying Roundtable

18 Jan 2018 : Directive delayed while discussions take place

update on NAPLAN Online | Mandatory all staff training | student free days and more

AEU Position Paper on National Testing (Nov 2017)

1 Dec 2017: Ban on NAPLAN online and robot marking carried overwhelmingly

At the close of the ballot, more than 20,000 members have had their say ...

10 Nov 2017: Take action on NAPLAN

Has NAPLAN had its day? (QTJ Vol 122 No 7, 6 October 2017, p11)

The QTU State Council has voted unanimously to withdraw support for the online version of NAPLAN and determined to ballot members on banning its implementation and call for a review of NAPLAN with a view to replacing it.

12 Oct 2017: Protect Kids from Robots and Canberra Bureaucrats

NSWTF article

Automated Essay Scoring and NAPLAN: A Summary Report

Les Perelman, Ph.D. 1 October 2017

30 August 2017: QTU withdraws support for NAPLAN Online

The Queensland Teachers’ Union State Council has now determined that the QTU will withdraw support for the introduction of NAPLAN Online.