Tasmanian students have been saved from the disaster around NAPLAN Online this week.

Around one million students in other states sat NAPLAN tests in May with almost 200,000 doing the test online for the first time. Tasmanian students did not participate but are scheduled to undertake Online NAPLAN testing in 2020.

Summary results for this year’s NAPLAN assessment were due to be released this week but have been delayed, with concerns the online test results cannot be compared to the results from the paper tests. AEU members are calling on Minister Rockliff to seek answers on what went wrong, says AEU Tasmania Branch President, Helen Richardson.

“In May, our Education Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, supported a review into NAPLAN. In light of the significant problems with NAPLAN Online data, we are calling on the Minister to urgently seek answers from Minister Birmingham on why the NAPLAN online trial has gone so horribly wrong.

“Thousands of Tasmanian students will be put at a severe disadvantage if states go ahead with the implementation of NAPLAN Online. Other state education ministers have slammed ACARA over its management of NAPLAN Online.

“We have consistently told the Minister that NAPLAN online is fundamentally flawed and must not be implemented.  Tasmanian educators have the professional skills to implement appropriate programs and support that meet the needs of the students in their classes. They use a variety of assessment tools to gauge student’s performance and identify the support those students need. The best feedback for improved student learning is targeted and immediate”.

“State and Territory Ministers must act to protect students by stopping the implementation of the online test and engage in consultation with the profession about the issues.”

ENDS.

Further information:

Molly Frankham, AEU Communications, 0437 374 125, or 6234 9500.

AEU Media Statement- 8th August 2018 Tas students saved from NAPLAN chaos

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