NAPLAN only measures a fraction of literacy learning

Riddle, Stewart (2013) NAPLAN only measures a fraction of literacy learning. The Conversation, 14 May 2013. pp. 1-3.

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Students across Australia in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are currently sitting for the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests. These tests are supposedly designed to identify whether students have the 'literacy and numeracy skills that provide the critical foundation for their learning, and for their productive and rewarding participation in the community.' However, there are a number of serious concerns about NAPLAN, including causing health problems such as stress, anxiety, as well as vomiting and sleeplessness. NAPLAN has also been criticised for encouraging teaching to the test, the promotion of supplements, narrowing the curriculum and manipulation and cheating by schools. Given these growing concerns about the impacts of NAPLAN, it is important to consider just what this expensive standardised literacy testing program actually measures.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2013 23:16
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2017 01:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: literacy; education; new literacies; music
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development

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