By Mariska Murphy and produced for online by Melissa Hunter.
The Literacy Educators Coalition today launched a campaign questioning the relevance of national literacy and numeracy tests.
“Say no to NAPLAN” hopes to remind parents the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy tests are not compulsory.
Educational consultant and former teacher David Hornsby has contributed to the campaign and says he is passionate about a good education for children.
“We understand that assessment is a continous process it’s not an event and sadly many politicians and bureaucrats believe it’s an event,” he says.
Ten documents will be released describing the NAPLAN results as inappropriate saying many parents do not know the tests are not compulsory.
Mr Hornsby says while NAPLAN can be useful to provide general population statistics, the tests do not provide sound judgements about individual students.
He says there has long been contention regarding NAPLAN and whether or not too much time is spent preparing for the tests.
“Many schools feel huge pressure because it’s such a high-staked test because the results are used innapropriately because there published on the myschool website,” he says
Queensland Teachers Union vice-president Julie Brown says teachers for years Three, Five, Seven and Nine are put under too much pressure left unable to perform at their best.
“Many of our teachers express a great deal of concern about how misrepresented in the media NAPLAN testing has been,” she says.