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Every year the taking of NAPLAN examinations and the dissemination of NAPLAN results generates considerable media coverage and community discussion about schools and school education outcomes.
This paper discusses the origins, objectives and main features of NAPLAN, and sets out its...
This paper outlines principles and recommendations to be considered by governments to protect schools from the kinds of negative consequences reported in the United States and Great Britain from national testing programs.
APPA supports the use of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and...
A huge spread of achievement levels in Australian classrooms is making it hard for teachers to implement best education practice and target their teaching to the needs of every individual student.
A range of studies show that at any given year level there is...
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is an independent authority focused on improving the learning of all young Australians through a national curriculum, the national assessment program and a national data collection and reporting program....
The National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests are conducted in May each year for all students across Australia in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students in the same year level are assessed on the same test items in the assessment domains of...
NAPLAN tests in schools are causing health problems and promoting a culture of “teaching to the test”, writes Nicky Dulfer in The Conversation .
A national study released today surveyed around 8,300 teachers and found the tests had unintended consequences, particularly...
Learning gaps between Australian students of different backgrounds are alarmingly wide and grow wider as students move through school.
Summary The gap between students whose parents have low education and those with highly educated parents grows from 10 months in Year 3 to...
This presentation of evidence and insights regarding the impact of single-sex schooling on student achievement was presented at the Fearless Girls Strong Women conference, Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia Educators Conference 2018.
This paper uses data from the National Assessment Program, Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) to document the distribution of Indigenous students across Australian schools, as well as some of the potential effects of that distribution on literacy and numeracy outcomes.
This report finds that quality early childhood education makes a significant contribution to achieving educational excellence in schools. There is growing evidence that participation in quality early childhood education improves school readiness and lifts NAPLAN results and PISA scores.