Parents Victoria (PV) is the peak body for parents of students attending government schools in Victoria and Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) is the peak body for school aged students in Victoria.
While neither organisation is against testing on a national level to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching and learning, both organisations have concerns around the way NAPLAN data is used by schools and systems as well as the impact on student and families’ mental health.
VicSRC and PV hold strong policy positions that any testing on students should be to develop their learning and to provide feedback to teachers on their effectiveness and that literacy and numeracy should not be regarded as the sole indicators of school performance. Literacy and numeracy are fundamental outcomes for all students but we believe NAPLAN is dominant over other tests and does not provide the most effective data for improving individual or school outcomes.
The main concerns that both organisations have, relate to the following areas:
1. Mental health implications
2. NAPLAN data at the school and system level
3. NAPLAN data’s impact on teaching and learning
This submission addresses these key areas in detail and provides recommendations for improvement.NAPLAN Review Panel 2020 Submission (203 downloads)