NAPLAN: friend, foe or on the fence?

Late last year, the University of Western Sydney’s Whitlam Institute commissioned  a national survey of over 8,000 educators on the impact of the annual National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). There were very few surprises in the results which found that many teachers believed NAPLAN had negatively affected their practice and narrowed the … More NAPLAN: friend, foe or on the fence?

Ticking the right boxes

Dr Ken Boston, former director-general of the NSW Dept of Education and former head of England’s curriculum authority has been in Australia sharing his views on national testing and league tables. While he supports national testing as a diagnostic rather than deterministic tool, Dr Boston believes league tables are in themselves a ‘crude’ methodology – … More Ticking the right boxes