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Double dipping in NAPLAN

Posted by Garry Collins, ETAQ Immediate Past President on 24 May 2014
  • The following letter was submitted for inclusion in The Courier-Mail of Saturday 24 May 2014 but was not selected for publication.

Your story on cheating allegations related to NAPLAN reminds us that the program tests reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation and numeracy (“Testing times see cheat count at eight”, 23/5).

Spelling, grammar and punctuation are three of the criteria used to grade the writing component but are also tested separately in the “language conventions” paper. Given that the program probes only a narrow slice of the whole school curriculum, why is it necessary to measure these elements twice? Are they that important, or is it just that they are relatively easy to test with computer-marked, multiple choice items?

Garry Collins, ETAQ Immediate Past PresidentAuthor: Garry Collins, ETAQ Immediate Past President
About: Garry Collins was ETAQ President from mid July 2005 to 15 March 2014. He taught English in state high schools for around 35 years and now tutors in English curriculum courses in the School of Education at the University of Queensland.
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