Today (Tuesday 13 May 2014) I had edited versions of letters about NAPLAN published in both The Courier-Mail and The Australian. In each case, underlined words were deleted and the bracketed ones were added. Both letters were submitted in my capacity as a private citizen and did not cite any connection with ETAQ or AATE.
Is NAPLAN worth the cost?
With this year’s nation-wide NAPLAN tests coinciding with what is anticipated to be a tough federal budget, it is reasonable to ask whether a proper cost-benefit analysis has ever been conducted on this government program.
Whether the program per se does more harm than good continues to be debated. But, even if there were universal agreement that it makes a useful contribution to teaching and learning in schools, it may still not be worth the chunk of a finite (the) education budget that it currently consumes.
I appreciate that the journalistic resources of newspapers are not what they once were, but I hope they can stretch to reporting and comment on this aspect of federal government expenditure.
Is NAPLAN worth the money?
(Is NAPLAN worth the money?) One important aspect of NAPLAN that Justine Ferrari’s piece didn’t address was the cost (“Busting the NAPLAN myths”, 12/5). Perhaps the claim that it is worth the money is a myth.
With a tough federal budget anticipated, surely a hard headed cost-benefit analysis of this program is called for. I do understand that the journalistic resources of papers are not what they once were, but I hoped (hope) that reporting and commenting on the cost of a government program like (such as) NAPLAN was (is) still possible.
On a minor point, Ferrari refers to a piece by Christopher Bantick which, she says, appeared in the Fairfax media. I read it in a News Limited paper, Brisbane’s The Courier-Mail.
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.
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