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To NAPLAN or not to NAPLAN?

30 Nov 2012 Stuart Zullo 0 Comment

If you’ve been following the news recently, you may have noticed that NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy And Numercy) has recently been hitting the headlines.  If your child/ren are currently enrolled in any of the primary or secondary schools in or around Liverpool, you will most likely have an opinion about NAPLAN.  For those not in the know, NAPLAN is an Australia-wide assessment that began in 2008, and is conducted annually on children in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.  The national test is designed to assess all students in the skills of reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation), and numeracy.

Whether you’re in the process of choosing a school for your child or your children are currently enrolled in a local school, you will probably have clicked onto the government’s MySchool website at some stage and noticed the public NAPLAN scores on display for every Australian school.

So what are the benefits of NAPLAN?

According to the http://www.nap.edu.au website, some important benefits are:

However, recent headlines have hit out at NAPLAN.  Some critics have suggested that the yearly tests narrow the focus of schools, forcing teachers to ‘teach for the test’ rather than teaching for learning.  Many have also said that the pressure NAPLAN places on teachers and students alike is doing more harm than good; while others have hit out at the credibility of NAPLAN, suggesting that some schools are asking struggling students to stay home during testing to ensure their results remain high and their public image intact.

When speaking with Liverpool parents, students, teachers and principals, it is clear that NAPLAN is a controversial topic, with both avid supporters and passionate critics found within the same school community.

If you have children attending Casula High School, All Saints Catholic Senior College, Casula Public School, Lurnea High School, or another school in the Liverpool region, please share your opinion with us here.  Do you look forward to receiving information about your child and their school based on their NAPLAN results, or do you wish teachers could get on with teaching without the pressure of NAPLAN?

We expect varying opinions and views, but would love to open up a forum of respectful discussion to see what local families honestly think of NAPLAN, so please jump on and share your view with us here.

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