NAPLAN and NAPLAN online
6 December 2019 : The release today of the interim report of the tri-state review of NAPLAN shows that the voices of the teaching profession are finally being heard on the issue of high-stakes testing. A copy of the interim report can be accessed here.
Directives re non-participation in NAPLAN Online in 2020
Workload - Withdrawal from NAPLAN Online
In addressing the QTU State Conference in July, the Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace advised delegates that if Queensland schools did not feel they were ready to participate in NAPLAN Online in 2020, they would not be required to do so. Participation is not mandated irrespective of any advice to the contrary from QCAA or the department.
Consequently, Union Reps are asked to discuss their school’s interest in participating in NAPLAN Online in 2020, including the potential workload issues, and should members not wish to participate, they should seek a directive from the QTU not to do so.
To seek such a directive:
- hold a workplace meeting and ballot members on requesting a directive to not participate in NAPLAN Online (including NAPLAN Online readiness testing) in 2020.
- If carried, the request for the directive should be sent to the QTU, and the directive will be issued. A copy of the directive will also be provided to the department.
Questions about NAPLAN Online in 2019 remain unanswered. The Queensland, NSW and Victorian governments are conducting a review of NAPLAN, and the QTU and other teacher unions support the abolition of NAPLAN in its current form.
NAPLAN Online optional for 2020 (July 2019)
Given the Minister’s support for the delay and the decision of the Education Council, schools should be able to opt out of participation in NAPLAN Online next year. if members believe that their school is not ready to participate next year, the QTU advises Union Reps to discuss with their principal, consult with members and, if necessary, hold a workplace meeting and request a directive from the QTU for members to not participate in the NAPLAN Online test next year.
The QTU will be writing to the department and the QCAA to ensure that no undue pressure is placed on principals and teachers to participate in the training currently underway or the school readiness testing later this year. This training and other activities are not mandatory, however it is recommended if schools choose to participate in the online test in 2020.
The following resolutions were carried at the QTU Conference, 1-3 July 2019 :
- That Conference re-assert the Union’s view that NAPLAN and its high stakes testing regime be abolished.
- That Conference notes the decision by Ministers at Education Council on 28 June to delay the planned transition to NAPLAN Online for all schools to 2021 and thank the Hon. Minister for Education Grace Grace for her advocacy on behalf of Queensland teachers and students in calling for the delay.
- That Conference congratulates Queensland, NSW and Victoria for initiating a national review of NAPLAN in the absence of a decision by the federal government to commission a full independent national review of NAPLAN.
- That Conference notes that a technical review is currently underway into the connectivity issues experienced by students undertaking NAPLAN Online across the nation, and that the Education Council will be considering options in relation to reporting of student results at its next meeting in September.
- That Conference calls on ACARA to provide the results of 2019 NAPLAN Online tests to schools and parents only, NOT for publication on the MySchool website.
- That Conference notes the ongoing work of the revision of the QTU/DoE Joint Statements on NAPLAN and The Use and Purpose of Data in Queensland Schools.
- That Conference recommends that Union Reps consult with members to determine if their school is ready to participate in NAPLAN Online next year. If not, Union Reps should hold a workplace meeting and request a directive from the QTU for members to not participate in the NAPLAN Online test next year.
- That Conference calls on the department and the QCAA to ensure that schools are not put under undue pressure to participate in current QCAA training if members are not ready to participate in NAPLAN Online in 2020.
Three states’ review of NAPLAN
Delegates at the QTU Conference (1-3 July 2019) were informed by the Education Minister that Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria have agreed to undertake their own comprehensive review of NAPLAN, in light of the refusal of Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan to commission such a review. The terms of reference are yet to be developed for this review, and other states may yet agree to join. As a key education stakeholder, the QTU will be consulted in the review.
Delegates carried the following resolution:
If the review of NAPLAN delivered by Minister Grace does not recommend an end to NAPLAN by the start of 2020, then the QTU will ballot members to ban NAPLAN testing in 2020.
NAPLAN Online delayed to 2021 (28 June 2019)
Education Ministers have agreed to delay the full implementation of NAPLAN Online in all Australian schools until 2021. The full statement, released in a communique following the 28 June meeting, reads:
“Education Council discussed the technical issues that affected the 2019 NAPLAN Online assessment, which resulted in significant connectivity disruptions across jurisdictions and a substantial number of students being adversely affected. Ministers reaffirmed a key aim of NAPLAN Online is a simpler and more efficient experience for students and schools. Ministers received an update on the independent review commissioned by education officials into this disruption, which will support efforts to identify and address the issues for future assessments.
“Education Council agreed to extend the current plan for schools to transition to NAPLAN Online by one year to 2021, with further consideration by Education Council of the transition arrangements once the independent connectivity review has concluded and the scope of the Low/No Bandwidth solution finalised.
“Ministers also agreed that given the events of NAPLAN 2019, further consideration will need to be given to the reporting of 2019 results.”
Queensland Review of NAPLAN 2018 (March 2019)
The Queensland Review of NAPLAN has now been completed, providing an insight into parents’ and school communities’ experiences and perceptions of NAPLAN and its ongoing value in school and education system improvement.
Phase 1 of the review, conducted by Dr Gabrielle Matters, gathered parents’ perceptions of NAPLAN.
Phase 2 of the review, conducted by the Australian Catholic University, gathered the views of school communities and system representatives from all schooling sectors.
The Queensland review reflects the the findings of the QTU member survey of NAPLAN which was conducted in April/May 2018
QTU statement 28 March 2019
The Queensland government has released the findings of the 2018 review of NAPLAN.
More than 7,500 parents, 5,800 teachers and principals, 3000 students and 200 education stakeholders including the QTU, responded to the review. Responses covered 77per cent of Queensland’s schools across all sectors.
The QTU has lifted the ban on the NAPLAN online test as the state government has provided an assurance that no school will be disadvantaged by moving online.
The Queensland government response to the review outlines in detail the action that the Department of Education will take to address the review's findings.
The QTU applauds the government’s commitment to finding new and better ways than NAPLAN to monitor student progress.
[28 March 2019]
Queensland Government Response (March 2019)
The Queensland Government Response identifies actions the Queensland Government will take to respond to the findings of the review.
The QTU will be working with the department to oversee the implementation of these actions which include
- a review of the Joint Statement on NAPLAN and the Joint Statement on the Use and Purpose of data in Queensland Schools
- a targeted communication strategy for parents, students and the school community
- a review of the School Planning, Reporting and Reviewing Framework
- clear guidance for schools on how to use NAPLAN results and various types of data at a school and student level
- clear guidance for parents on the types of assessment their students might expect during their school journey
- a commitment to supporting student and teacher wellbeing during assessment periods
Members will be advised of the progress of these actions.
NAPLAN Online ban lifted (March 2019)
Full details see : QTU Members' newsflash no.03-19, 14 March 2019
At a special meeting held on Wednesday afternoon, QTU Executive determined to remove the ban on NAPLAN Online, effective immediately.
The Executive received a report regarding the outcomes of the 2018 Queensland NAPLAN Review and the Queensland Government’s response.
In receiving this report, Executive formed the view that the conditions established by QTU State Council in August 2018 had been met and consequently the ban should be lifted.
NAPLAN joint statement (October 2018) - documents and advice
Documents relating to the NAPLAN joint statement
QTU NAPLAN survey report (August 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 position statement on NAPLAN (July 2018)
The purpose of this position statement is to address issues arising at school, regional and central office level regarding the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) within Queensland state schools: