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Govt report shows shortfalls of NAPLAN

An interim government report issued after three Australian states called for a review into NAPLAN has outlined a number of shortfalls with the national assessment program.

NSW, Victoria and Queensland kicked off an examination of NAPLAN in September, looking at the objectives of standardised testing, whether NAPLAN meets these, and how it can be better linked to the national curriculum.

Now an interim report into the review has been released – with NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell saying it has reiterated the concerns of her and her state counterparts.

“This interim report shows us that the test, in its current form, is not providing parents, teachers and schools with diagnostic information in the most efficient way,” Ms Mitchell said in a statement.

“It’s encouraging to see the interim report of the NAPLAN Review outlining the same concerns my interstate colleagues and I have had with the testing platform as it stands; including testing deficiencies, the delay of results, and the potential narrowing of the curriculum.”

NAPLAN has run in its current form for 11 years.

The interim report will be discussed at the Education Council next week, the final NAPLAN review report will be available in 2020.

The review is being led by emeritus professor Barry McGaw, professor Claire Wyatt-Smith and emeritus professor William Louden.

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