Standardised tests

National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy

Discussion paper

Enhancements to the longitudinal surveys of Australian youth

The Commonwealth Department of Education commissioned the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) to assess the value and implications of eight enhancements to the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY). The objective of LSAY is to track young Australians as they move from school...

2015 NAPLAN national report

Provides a wealth of data and information that are used by schools, governments and education authorities to inform decisions about the education of young Australians. Summary The National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests are conducted in May for all students across Australia in Years...

Educational outcomes for children in care: linking 2013 child protection and NAPLAN data

Summary This report covers the academic performance of children in care, by linking the data from the Child Protection National Minimum Data Set (CP NMDS) and the National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). Privacy was protected during the linkage process through the use of de-identified...
Literature review

Six effective practices in high growth schools

This Learning Curve describes effective practices common to NSW government schools that achieved high growth in NAPLAN between 2010 and 2014.

Targeted teaching: how better use of data can improve student learning

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 a...

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) in Victorian government primary schools, Australia

This research examines the impact of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) implementation on student outcomes, pedagogical practice and school culture in the thirteen Victorian Government primary schools that have been authorised to offer the PYP.

NAPLAN scores as predictors of access to higher education in Victoria

Abstract: This paper examines the extent to which year-9 performance on the National Assessment Program—Language Arts and Numeracy (NAPLAN) predicts access to higher education as determined by subsequent achievement on year-12 Victoria Certificate of Education (VCE) exams. VCE performance is measured via three binary indicators...
Conference paper

The impact of high stakes test driven accountability

Innovation, creativity and passion are alive and well in schools throughout Australia. However these are increasingly constrained in a command-and-control approach that is leading to an unprecedented level of centralisation, standardisation and bureaucratisation.

National assessment program literacy and numeracy, 2009

On 18th December 2009 Ministers with responsibility for schooling released the full set of results from 2009’s national literacy and numeracy tests (NAPLAN) that were conducted across Australia in May. The NAPLAN involves all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 being assessed using...

One league away from disaster

I HAVE A GREAT IDEA to improve the health of Australians, and it goes to the heart of the problem: the performance of doctors. The profession has been operating free of scrutiny for too long and must be made much more transparent. As consumers we...

Estimating teacher effectiveness from two-year changes in students' test scores

Using a dataset covering over 10,000 Australian primary school teachers and over 90,000 pupils, Leigh estimates how effective teachers are in raising students’ test scores from one exam to the next.