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A series of two-page papers, explaining the many problems with NAPLAN

These papers were compiled by the “Say NO to NAPLAN” group. Feel free to copy and distribute them with appropriate referencing.

Also, see a letter of support from 140 academics across the country.

 

PARENTS:  Your child does NOT have to do NAPLAN.
Download a flyer and a letter you can sign for the principal:  2014 Flyer+parent letter

 

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6 May 2018

Sydney Morning Herald, 6 May 2018.  After 10 years, virtually everyone who actually understands NAPLAN opposes it.  NAPLAN has not achieved its aims and damaged education in the process.  Read the article here...more»

NAPLAN being used, abused and must be urgently dumped

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5 May 2018

Sydney Morning Herald, 3 May 2018.  NSW Minister Stokes will push for the urgent dumping of NAPLAN.  Read the article here...more»

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Dr Les Perelman, ABC News, 9 Apr 2018.  One of the world's leading education experts says NAPLAN writing tests are absurd and are turning Australian children into bad writers.  Read the article here...more»

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The Daily Telegraph, 20 April 2015.  It's worth re-posting this article about the complete failure of NAPLAN. It fails the economic justification test (costing around $100 million a year). It fails good pedagogical standards. It fails the curriculum. It fails our students.  Read the article here...more»

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Principals call for a full and independent review of NAPLAN

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The Australian Government Primary Principals Association (AGPPA) call on Federal and State governments to commit to a full and independent review of NAPLAN and the MySchool website.  Read the article here...more»

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Sydney Morning Herald, 22 Feb 2018.  Great news.  Another chink in the NAPLAN armour.  More and more people are coming to understand the problems with NAPLAN.  Read the article here...more»

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ABC News, 15 Feb 2018.  Some education ministers are pushing for changes to NAPLAN, believing it has strayed from its original purpose.  Data is prized over potential, and obsessive reporting and league tables were leading parents to make errors of judgment.  Read the article here...more»

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David Hornsby, 5 August 2017.  The attached graph shows that PISA scores declined from the time NAPLAN testing began in 2008.  A coincidence, or another sign that we now teach to the NAPLAN test rather than the curriculum?...more»

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The Age, 4 July 2017.  Private companies are gaining unprecedented access to students' data, drafting NAPLAN questions and producing teaching and learning materials, prompting fears that businesses are dictating the focus of public education and making millions.  (And the tests have not improved learning - surprise, surprise!)...more»

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Setting up children to fail

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RIP IT UP Reading, 22 Feb 2017.  A view of NAPLAN from a parent, educator and PhD candidate.  Read the article here...more»

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Sydney Morning Herald, 4 Aug 2016.   – Clearly, NAPLAN is not achieving what it set out to achieve (surprise, surprise).  It doesn't measure the more important things like hope and wellbeing, which are better predictors of graduation rates and academic success.  Read the article here...more»