2018 NAPLAN test data “should be discarded”: new report  

The Australian Education Union Victorian branch calls on new federal education minister Dan Tehan to show his support for school communities by announcing a comprehensive review of NAPLAN with a new report released today showing 2018 test data has been corrupted.
 
“This investigation finds NAPLAN data from this year’s online tests is unusable. This bungle represents a massive failure of both administration and leadership by the Federal Liberal Government,” said Justin Mullaly, deputy president of AEU Victoria 
 
“This independent review conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston College, Problems in the Design and Administration of the 2018 NAPLAN, found ‘incomparable’ data in this year’s NAPLAN online trial meaning the results are useless and should be discarded.  
 
“We back Victorian Education Minister, James Merlino’s call for a full review of NAPLAN as it is clear that NAPLAN is doing damage to student learning and is well and truly past its use by date. 
 
“A very disturbing aspect to this debacle is that the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) failed to identify and act on critical errors.  If the body charged with administering NAPLAN tests has overlooked such gross inaccuracies, parents will obviously question whether they can be confident that ACARA is discharging its duties competently.  
 
“Minister Tehan must now give parents, teachers and students a guarantee that these flawed results will not be the basis of his government’s policy decisions. 
 
“A child’s classroom teacher is always best placed to assess their educational progress – that’s why we need student centred assessment processes developed by teachers and other education professionals who have a proper understanding of the full range of factors which impact on student learning,” said Mr Mullaly.
 
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