Qld rejects plans for Year 1 student to face new tests

Jasmine is a year 1 student in Sydney. Picture: Darren Leigh Roberts
Jasmine is a year 1 student in Sydney. Picture: Darren Leigh Roberts

QUEENSLAND has rejected plans for Year 1 students to face literacy and numeracy tests.

Education Minister Kate Jones said at a meeting of education ministers in Adelaide last week Senator Simon Birmingham failed to get any support for the new test.

"No parent wants more exams for their children," she said.

"Queensland schools already assess students' readiness for school and their progress through Prep and Year One.

"We know from Queensland NAPLAN results that children in the early years are better prepared for school than ever.

"This new test is all part of the Turnbull Government agenda to introduce more bureaucracy and more red tape for schools,'' Ms Jones claimed in a statement.

Ms Jones said the Gonski panel had given state, independent and Catholic education sectors only one month to give feedback on their terms of reference.

"Once again the Turnbull Government are trying to dictate to states how to run schools," she said.

"This is an insult to all education sectors who run schooling in this country.

"Running a consultation process with schools during school holidays shows Senator Birmingham and the Turnbull Government are completely out of touch."

Every Year 1 student to face tough new performance tests

CHILDREN in early primary school face mandatory literacy and numeracy tests and screening to ensure they are taught phonics under a national plan to stop the decline in pupils' performances.

The literacy and numeracy checks will be carried out on every Year 1 student in Australia following national test results that reveal one in 20 students fail to reach minimum standards for reading and maths.

Researchers said the failure to achieve in the early school years flowed through to adulthood, with up to 20 per cent having problems with numeracy later in life.

A panel of teachers and education experts found the most effective phonics instruction methods were not being used by teachers routinely in Australian classrooms.

The panel, headed by Dr Jennifer Buckingham, has recommended Australia adopt a phonics check used in the UK that has been found to boost students' results.

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