The Educator 30 Nov 2023

NAPLAN is severely inhibiting the capacity for educators to do things differently in the classroom, a new study has revealed.

The research from the Australian Catholic University’s School of Education, was the culmination of interviews with 27 teachers and seven school leaders at primary and secondary schools in Queensland, as well as classroom and staff meeting observations and artefact data.

While initially intended to identify students below minimum standards for literacy and numeracy and to target funding based on need, the research found NAPLAN’s social justice and equity position has instead been overshadowed by NAPLAN’s covert impact on school decisions and classroom practices.

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