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.
NAPLAN survey results released, Aug 2018
Results are clear from the QTU member survey on NAPLAN: NAPLAN is useless for teachers; unnecessarily stresses students, families, teachers and school leaders; and takes time away from real student learning. It’s time for a full federal review of NAPLAN.
The full survey report, QTU member survey on NAPLAN and MySchool (PDF)
QTU members undertook a ban of NAPLAN Online in May 2018, with the aim of drawing urgent attention to the need for a review of NAPLAN and MySchool at a federal level and to persuade the Queensland Government to implement a review of the impact of NAPLAN in Queensland schools.
QTU members were successful; the Queensland Government has committed to a full review of NAPLAN and other states and territories are following Queensland’s lead.
The QTU maintains that the NAPLAN testing regime has had its day, however the test continues to exist, so in May QTU State Council called upon the Department of Education to negotiate a joint statement with the Union bringing about real change, at a central, regional and school level, to the practices surrounding NAPLAN that impact on QTU members and the way you do your work.
QTU Executive met earlier this week to consider the actions taken by the Department of Education and the state government in response to QTU members’ NAPLAN Online ban, including a commitment from Minister for Education Grace Grace to the review of NAPLAN in Queensland schools. The QTU was involved in consultation regarding the terms of reference (NOW available on the NAPLAN review web page) and agreement was reached to commence negotiations for an enforceable joint statement to be presented to QTU State Council in August. Executive also considered the federal review of NAPLAN data presentation agreed to by the Education Council at its meeting in Adelaide on 22 June.
QTU Executive determined:
- THAT the QTU NAPLAN Online ban be lifted in relation to preparation activities required to be undertaken by the Department of Education and the QCAA relating to NAPLAN Online in semester 2, 2018.
- THAT participation of QTU members in NAPLAN Online in 2019 will be subject to the successful negotiation between the QTU and the Department of Education of a joint statement on NAPLAN and the commitment of the government to act on the findings of the review.
This means that QTU members in schools choosing to move to NAPLAN Online may participate in:
- QCAA training: nominations commence on 1 July for training to take place in August and September
- School and platform readiness testing/trialling to take place between August and November.
NAPLAN and NAPLAN online: News feed
AEU Media Release: Minister Birmingham hiding from NAPLAN online crisis
Reports of a second planned meeting by senior state and territory education officials about the NAPLAN online crisis have exposed a lack of leadership by Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham.10 August 2018 Read More
QTU member survey on NAPLAN and MySchool (PDF)
Results are clear from the QTU member survey on NAPLAN: NAPLAN is useless for teachers; unnecessarily stresses students, families, teachers and school leaders; and takes time away from real student learning. It’s time for a full federal review of NAPLAN. View the survey report here.09 August 2018 Read More
AEU Media Release: Parents and teachers need immediate explanation over NAPLAN online debacle
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham needs to provide an immediate explanation to parents and teachers over how significant the problems are with the NAPLAN online data.08 August 2018 Read More