Queensland Parents Speak Up On NAPLAN

Education Minister Grace Grace is calling on parents and caregivers across the regions to provide their views and feedback about NAPLAN as part of a state-wide evaluation of the tests.

“Just last month while we were governing from Mackay, I had a conversation with a mother in a local café who told me she had withdrawn her daughter from this year’s test due to the unnecessary stress it had caused.”

“I don’t believe that was the original intention of the tests and that is why, earlier this year, I committed to conducting a state-wide evaluation of NAPLAN.”

The Minister says the timing is right to have a look at the tests to see what is working and what isn’t.

“We want to hear from Queensland parents and carers so we can gauge whether the program still meets the needs of students, parents and schools. I want to make sure we strike the right balance so that the right information is used for the right purposes, and any unintended consequences of the current NAPLAN program are recognised and addressed.”

The evaluation is being conducted by an independent consultant, Dr Gabrielle Matters who says feedback is being sought from parents, members of Parents and Citizen’s Associations, and Parents and Friends’ Associations.

“Importantly, the evaluation will seek feedback from parents across all schooling sectors — state, Catholic and independent — to ensure a broad view of opinions are captured and to make sure as many parents as possible provide their input during the consultation period an online survey will be made available.”

The survey is available at https://qed.qld.gov.au/programs-initiatives/naplan-2018-review.