Australia Calls for NAPLAN review after report reveals no change in decade of results

15:06  07 march  2018
15:06  07 march  2018 Source:   MSN

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Indigenous students have scored noticeably lower results for reading and numeracy than their non-Indigenous peers, figures in the latest 2015 NAPLAN Report reveal . Mr Harris called for a change in approach if Australia was to improve the outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

On average in almost all NAPLAN tests home-schooled students perform better than students who attend schools.[21] Some schools, particularly small ones, are reporting such significant changes in year to year results that the results are meaningless.[2].

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NAPLAN – results reports performance. Where do I get another copy of my child’s NAPLAN report from previous years? School systems and governments use results to review programs and support offered to schools.

The national results show that from 2015 to 2016, there has been no significant change in literacy and numeracy results . Year 3 students there were the only ones with better results . Experts call for NAPLAN test to be 'widened or abolished'.

Children from poor families, regional and rural areas, and those with learning difficulties are struggling the most in their quest to improve literacy and numeracy.

The report by researcher John Ainley drew on a review of data by the Australian Council for Educational Research and was the most comprehensive analysis of 10 years of NAPLAN data yet undertaken.

Dr Ainley found there was little change in average NAPLAN numeracy scores at any year level in any state or territory between 2008 and 2017, apart from a brief jump in year 5 scores in 2008-09.

The results mirrored Australia's recent global ranking in mathematics and science, which slipped to 17 out of 21 countries, according to an internationally renowned study.

Dr Ainley's report, commissioned by the NSW Education and Standards Authority (NESA), which sets the school syllabus, found there had been modest improvements among high-performing primary school students in reading due to investments in early childhood education.

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A 2013 US report called for “ assessment tasks that exemplify the type of learning that we want to occur in classrooms.”26 So- called ‘bubble tests’ (multiple choice tests) According to the Tool, highly effective use of data involves much more than simply reviewing NAPLAN or Year 12 results and.

Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), Robert Randall, said this year's NAPLAN results showed "that at a national level we are seeing little change in student achievement in these Barnaby Joyce crisis to come to a head after Nationals MP calls for Deputy Prime Minister's resignation.

But that stopped once they reached high school.

The report also questions whether NAPLAN — an annual assessment of literacy and numeracy — should adjust its focus so critical thinking and problem-solving skills are measured, in line with international tests.

Dr Ainley presented his report to the NESA board last week but declined to make further comments to the ABC.

The report was commissioned after the NSW Government requested an assessment of the state's performance in NAPLAN and international assessments.

A spokesperson for the NSW Education Standards Authority said Dr Ainley's research was currently being assessed, and another report would be prepared for the state's Education Minister.

Now the NSW Primary Principals Association is questioning whether NAPLAN is fulfilling its purpose as a diagnostic test.

"I think it's time for a review of NAPLAN," the group's president Phil Seymour said.

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NAPLAN national report (final results ). NAPLAN summary information (preliminary results ). After the sample assessments have taken place a public report is released providing a national comparison of student performance against the relevant framework.

Last year’s Naplan results marked a decade since the testing was introduced, and revealed that the average reading and numeracy skills of Australian primary school students has improved only marginally while writing skills have deteriorated.

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"NAPLAN is a one-off shot that gives some feedback to schools and to parents about where children are going. It doesn't show how schools are performing and it really doesn't show you how children are going either, because it's just a part of what teachers are doing in schools."

The report coincides with the release of this year's NAPLAN data for individual schools, that is published today on the My School website.

The Australian Curriculum and Assessment Authority has identified a number of "high gain" schools that have significantly increased their NAPLAN scores.

They include St Martha's Catholic Primary School, Glebe Public School, Cabramatta High School and Picnic Point High School in NSW, Kings Park Primary School, Maiden Gully Primary School and St Catherine's school in Victoria, Taigam State School and Coopers Plains State School in Queensland, and St Joseph's School and Kidman Park Primary in South Australia.

Kogarah High School in Sydney's south is also one of the schools that have made significant gains.

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NAPLAN : School students’ performance shows small improvement after 10 years of testing. The latest NAPLAN tests show only a marginal improvement in the past decade , Photo: ABC. The latest results show no significant change in average results compared to last year.

NAPLAN 2017 Test Administration With the test results , teachers can tailor each child's education more effectively. NAPLAN 2015 reports to parents of Victorian students were delivered ahead of Assessing Writing in the National Assessment Program The NAPLAN writing task.

Each year the school assesses year 7 students and implements intensive learning support for those who do not meet benchmarks for their age.

Some students begin high school with a reading age of eight.

Principal Julie Ross said the school's improvement has nothing to do with NAPLAN. Rather, it was because of resources that had been poured into specialist programs.

That is in line with Dr Ainley's report, which says improvements in NAPLAN correspond with state government programs.

One of the beneficiaries of such a program is 15-year-old Assem Hizaji. He had been suspended many times and was in danger of dropping out of school before receiving intensive support.

"Last year I kept getting in trouble, not doing my work, not following instructions," he said. "I started giving up on school, I didn't really care about school anymore.

"If it wasn't for the principal and the teachers and all the support, I probably wouldn't be in the school."

Despite her school's improvement achievements, Ms Ross is not a supporter of NAPLAN.

"I think its time that we review NAPLAN," Ms Ross said.

"It's not being used in the way it was intended. It's very narrow, it doesn't assess what we teach.

Three state governments have called for a review of NAPLAN. They are critical of the way it has become a major event on the school calendar and are concerned it is negatively affecting teaching and learning.

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The ACT is now leading the review . However, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, which manages NAPLAN testing, said the website did not create league tables from school results . Gloria Jeans, Donut King owner's shares dive after secret deal revealed .

Figure 2: Average change in NAPLAN reading and numeracy score for each additional 1 hour. • The pattern of results remained the same when controlling for emotional and behavioral problems (parent report on SDQ). Conclusions.

Triabunna Public School in Tasmania is another school which has improved its results markedly.

There was nothing radical behind the strategy that helped raise its reading results in NAPLAN, principal Brodie Philip said. They simply used what was known to work.

The school, just over an hour north of Hobart, has allocated three focus groups each week to reading.

If students want to read at home they can access a special online account the school has set up to download e-books.

"Two to three years ago we identified reading as critical," Mr Philip said.

"We've just used an evidence-based approach."

The kindergarten to year 12 school has taken a "whole-of-school" approach to reading.

It had allocated more teaching hours to reading and organised more training for the teachers themselves.

The school also has a series of agreed catchwords that teachers and students use when talking about reading, so the whole school understands each other.

"The staff have seen the benefit from improved reading flow into other learning areas," Mr Philip said.

He said he was supportive of NAPLAN as a diagnostic tool.

"When it's used well you can identify learning needs in every student in every area of the Australian curriculum," he said. 

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