THE PROFESSIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL VOICE OF QUEENSLAND’S TEACHERS AND SCHOOL LEADERS IN STATE SCHOOLS AND TAFE FOR MORE THAN 130 YEARS.

NAPLAN - 12 May 2021

The QTU and the Department of Education (DoE) Joint Statement on NAPLAN in Queensland School sets clear expectations on what should and should not be associated with NAPLAN testing and data in all Queensland state schools.

QTU members are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the joint statement and use this document when engaging with NAPLAN at the school level. The key elements of the NAPLAN Joint Statement include:

➡️ how NAPLAN data is to be used
➡️ ensuring that preparation activities are related to the mode and conditions of the test
➡️ familiarisation activities should only be conducted in the vicinity of the test.

The focus of teaching and learning in schools is the Australian Curriculum. NAPLAN does not assess the curriculum taught in classrooms. We know that NAPLAN is not essential – supporting student learning of the Australian curriculum is.

The QTU has identified workload implications for teachers arising from NAPLAN preparation and practice tests. More than 3000 Qld state school teachers and principals participated in the AEU State of our Schools 2020 survey. Of those more than 83% of principals say that NAPLAN increases or greatly increases teacher workload, while almost 70% of teachers said that NAPLAN increases workload.

Curriculum time lost to NAPLAN takes valuable time away from the core business of schools and adds workload pressure for teachers, head of program and our school leaders.

Additionally, the joint statement acknowledges that “families must be supported to make informed decisions in the best interests of their children”. With years three, five, seven and nine sitting their NAPLAN tests this week, it is important to be familiar with the content of the joint statement negotiated between the QTU and the department.

The QTU continues to be the voice of the profession on NAPLAN. Just this week, QTU General Secretary Kate Ruttiman wrote to Minster Alan Tudge asserting that our schools, school leaders, teachers and students are so much more than NAPLAN. Members can read the open letter on the QTU website: https://www.qtu.asn.au/open-letter-minister-alan-tudge

The Joint Statement on NAPLAN in Queensland Schools can be found at
https://www.qtu.asn.au/naplanjointstatement

Uploaded 12 May 2021

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