Teacher's union renews call to scrap NAPLAN testing
THE Queensland Teacher's Union has renewed its call for NAPLAN testing to be scrapped as 220,000 students prepare to sit the numeracy and literacy tests over the next three days.
The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.
NAPLAN tests, which were introduced in 2008, claim to boost skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy.
However, Queensland Teacher's Union president Kevin Bates said the nation-wide scheme should be scrapped altogether.
"Our view is that it is a $100 million white elephant," he said.
"What it produces is of limited benefits to teachers.
"In reality the most effective way a parent can monitor their child's progress is to request a face-to-face meeting with their teacher."
Mr Bates said there have been a number of problems with the program since its inception.
"There is certainly a strong case to scrap the program," he said.
"We have seen a complete misuse of what the test was initially established for.
"There can be huge financial benefits attached to the results for schools."
Queensland Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek offered his best wishes and encouragement to students across the state who will be sitting this year's tests.
"For the Queensland student in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sitting the NAPLAN tests over the next few days, I wish them every success," he said.
"Queensland student performance in NAPLAN continues to improve and I am confident the positive trend will continue in 2014."
Mr Langbroek said information from the tests would be used to identify student strengths, as well as areas requiring development at a class, school and state-wide level.
More than one million students across the nation will be sitting the NAPLAN tests this week.