An edited version of the letter below was published in The Courier-Mail on Tuesday 5 May 2015. It was part of a sequence with a previous letter shown below. Underlined words were deleted and bracketed ones inserted. The paper's heading was "Key point missed". The letter was printed in a side bar and the paper formatted it as a single paragraph.
External exams not the answer
Tempe Harvey (Letters, May 4) agrees with my observation (me) (Letters, May 2) that NAPLAN tests probe only a narrow slice of the school curriculum. Unfortunately, she seems to have missed the key point.
In addition to the important "value adding" issue that David Gillespie explained in his opinion piece of May 1, this is what makes NAPLAN averages an unsuitable basis for assessing whole school quality. A major problem with NAPLAN is that people are encouraged to read too much into the results.
I also wish to dissociate myself from Harvey's call for external exams to replace the OP system. This expensive expedient would not be the best use of scarce funds for education. And it is hard to see what the Year 12 assessment regime has to do with standardized testing for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.
Atherton SHS Presents
Atherton State High School Presents will be the first activity for the Townsville Branch in 2019. The program is designed to share experiences and practical advice relating to the different contexts of English. Full details are available here. Where: Pimlico SHS When: Saturday 16 February, 2019 Time: AGM - 8:30, first sess...
This is the first time I have been to an ETAQ conference and it was really sensational to get so much at all of the sessions.
ETAQ conferences always have sessions that make me excited to be a teacher.
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