School NAPLAN tests to go ahead

THE decision to lift a ban on this year’s literacy and numeracy tests in schools has been met with relief across the region.

The tests, which begin today, were the subject of a ban by the Australian Education Union and the NSW Teachers Federation, which were unhappy with the way the NAPLAN results were being used to create league tables.

The unions called off their boycott last week after an agreement with Federal Education Minister Julia Gillard to set up a working party to examine the data.

One local principal, David Silcock, of Alstonville High School, said ‘everyone is happy that the matter has been resolved and the tests are going ahead’.

His school has ‘a couple of goals’ they were hoping to be able to measure with this year’s test results, including a ‘two per cent improvement in the top bands in two areas’.

Now he would be able to, Mr Silcock said.

Byron High principal Peter King said he was ‘very pleased’ to be running the tests.

He said he had written to all Year 7 and 9 parents about the dispute.

“I am pleased to say that Ms Gillard has committed the Rudd Government to ‘an opposition to the misuse of student performance data, including simplistic league tables’,” Mr King said.



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