Claims NAPLAN test is flawed

Australian authorities hit back

10 April 2018

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Australian authorities have hit back at claims the NAPLAN writing test is flawed and turns students into poor writers.

A report commissioned by the NSW Teachers Federation, claims the NAPLAN writing test was “defective in its design and execution” and called for a review.

The report criticised the test for rewarding students for using more difficult words instead of plain English.

An Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority spokesman said the report compared NAPLAN with other tests with different purposes, including university entrance exams. ACARA had reviewed the writing test and identified improvements that would be made when the test went online.

Edith Cowan University will release a study that found half of 345 parents surveyed doubted that NAPLAN tests identified areas where students needed help.

Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will sit the annual round of tests next month.

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