Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 124 No 4, 31 May 2019, page no. 6
Following the release of the findings of the state government’s review of NAPLAN, QTU State Council determined to lift the ban on NAPLAN Online.
Subsequently, approximately 400 schools across Queensland this year participated in NAPLAN using the online test, with mixed success.
One of the QTU’s key considerations when determining to lift the ban on NAPLAN Online was the state government’s commitment that no school would be disadvantaged as a consequence of moving to it. Given the issues some schools experienced in 2019, the state government must hold to the commitment.
Following the election, the Union also expects the state government to maintain pressure on the re-elected federal government to conduct a full review of NAPLAN, not one that is limited to the publication of NAPLAN results. NAPLAN has been in place for ten years. During that time education has undergone significant change. It is a folly for the federal government to remain wedded to a relic of the past. NAPLAN should be reviewed, replaced or removed.
The QTU has also sought to reconvene a meeting with the department to review the NAPLAN Joint Statement in line with the findings of the state government’s review of NAPLAN and it’s commitment to revise the joint statement.