The Treehorn Express
Treehorn’s story : Open attachment.
[Maintained by NZ educator Allan Alach]
NAPLAN TESTING FAILS TEST
World rankings in PISA tests show that Australia has slipped from 2nd in 2000 to 7th in Reading in 2012; from 5th in Maths in 2003 to 13th in 2012; from 4th in Science in 2003 in Science to 7th in 2012.
While there has been no change in schooling operations in the ‘top five’ countries, the most significant change to Australian schooling has been the introduction of NAPLAN testing in 2008 at a cost of over half-a-billion dollars per year.
Despite the warnings from experienced world commentators, education academics and statistics specialists, Australia governments have persisted with protocols based on an urban New York system of schooling introduced by the federal government in 2008-9. The chief of the system in New York at the time was an influential lawyer, now heading a Murdoch-owned test-publishing and tech-ed enterprise. His efforts at transforming schools were less than successful on any terms.
The system has been described as high-stakes reform, based on standardised [one size fits all] modes of testing that have only tenuous links to evaluation of learning effort.
Experienced school educators [see LINKS below] insist that children learn best and achieve at their highest when their natural love for learning is fostered; and evaluation of effort and progress is part of the learning act. They see the fear-of-failure routines and the constant practice of past tests as preparation for a new one, as deleterious to child development.
The lack of public exposure of experience-based opinion and the embargoes on professional comment have also concerned former principals and teachers of state public schools.