Friday, 31 October 2014 07:52

NAPLAN online: More Steps Needed

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The Independent Education Union of Australia supports a move to NAPLAN online, as announced today following a meeting of Australian Education Ministers.

“NAPLAN online is an opportunity to properly conduct diagnostic testing, and importantly, provides information back to schools quickly,” IEU Federal Secretary Chris Watt said.

Mr Watt said the non-government teachers’ union now encouraged the Australian Government to address major issues presented by the conversion to an online format.

“Firstly, is there the IT capacity in schools to support an online model? Some schools will require infrastructure upgrades and ongoing IT support for the testing to be conducted efficiently,” he said.

“We also need to look at the effectiveness of raising comparative data across two different testing regimes. How do we do this with two very different tests?”

Mr Watt said consideration also needed to be given to the nature of the testing.

“A new test which yields maximum diagnostic function with just a few comparative questions is well and good, but then why are students sitting such long tests now?

The IEU believes that any additional funding for the implementation and ongoing costs must be provided to schools by the Federal Government.

“Schools should not have to carry the additional costs of NAPLAN online. In the case of the non-government sector, additional costs invariably lead to parents wearing the financial burden.”

"This is not acceptable."

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