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NAPLAN Reporting Review 2019


The Education Council of the Council of Australian Governments has commissioned a review of the current approach to the presentation of the National Assessment Program -- Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) data including information published on the My School website. The review is being undertaken by Emeritus Professor Bill Louden AM. The Terms of Reference are here  pdf icon (126kb). Professor Louden welcomes written submissions from those involved in schooling in Australia and other parties interested in contributing to the review.

Issues Paper

An Issues Paper has been prepared to guide public submissions. The paper is available here. It considers the issues surrounding the terms of reference and provides a number of questions to guide responses. Comments are sought on the following issues:

  1. Perceptions of NAPLAN and My School data, including the potential for misinterpretation or misuse
    • Does the NAPLAN data currently available on the My School website provide an appropriate balance between the right to high quality information and the possibility of misinterpretation or misuse?
    • Is there anything you find difficult to understand or is there any different NAPLAN information you would like to see included on My School?
    • Is the explanatory material on My School around “statistically similar schools” sufficiently explained, easy to understand and does this support fair comparisons for schools?
    • What consideration should be given to comparisons over time and between schools while schools progressively transition to NAPLAN online?
  2. How My School and NAPLAN contribute to understanding of student progress and achievement
    • To what extent do schools and school systems use NAPLAN student progress and achievement data, including comparisons with statistically similar schools, to inform their school improvement strategies?
    • To what extent is whole-population assessment data necessary to meet school systems’ and governments’ need for sound information to support school improvement?
  3. How schools use achievement data, including NAPLAN, to inform teaching
    • To what extent are NAPLAN data and the My School website used to inform teaching?
    • Which assessment tools, approaches and data analytics services do schools and school systems use to inform teaching?
    • What opportunities are there to improve the timeliness of NAPLAN reporting?
  4. How My School and NAPLAN data are reported to students and parents

What NAPLAN reporting information do students need in order to contribute to their own education?

Submissions

Written submissions (attached as a Word file or PDF) should be sent to NAPLANreview2019@act.gov.au. Please mark your submission “confidential” if you do not want it to be published.

Submissions should address the questions identified in the Issues Paper word icon (120kb).

Submissions will be accepted until midnight, Thursday 14 March 2019.

Timeline

This review was commissioned by the Education Council of the of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in October 2018.

A national sample of schools was visited in November and December 2018. School leaders, teachers, students and parents met in focus groups and discussed their schools’ use of NAPLAN and other student achievement data.

An opportunity for public submissions was advertised in capital city newspapers on 2 February 2019. Submissions close at midnight on Thursday 14 March 2019.

The Report will be provided to the Education Council of COAG in June 2019.

About

The Education Council of the Council of Australian Governments has commissioned a review of the current approach to the presentation of NAPLAN data including information published on the My School website.

Terms of Reference:

  1. How teachers and school leaders communicate NAPLAN results and My School data to students and parents.
  2. The extent to which current presentation of data to schools and their communities supports their understanding of student progress and achievement.
  3. Perceptions of NAPLAN reporting and My School data and the extent to which they meet reasonable public accountability and transparency expectations and requirements, including considering any misinterpretation and misuse of information and subsequent consequences.
  4. How teachers and school leaders use NAPLAN and its results and My School data to inform teaching practice.
  5. International best practice for teacher, school and system level transparency and accountability.

The review is being undertaken by Emeritus Professor Bill Louden AM.

Emeritus Professor Bill Louden AM

Professor Louden is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Western Australia where he was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Education.

Bill has led many government reviews and inquiries. The most recent of these include reviews of sex and gender education for the Australian and NSW governments, a review of the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards for the NSW government and an investigation of high performing primary schools for the Western Australian Government.

He has served as chair and board member of state and national statutory authorities responsible for curriculum, assessment and professional standards.

He is currently chair of the governing council of North Metropolitan TAFE, the CoLab early years partnership, Tertiary Institutions Service Centre Ltd and the Kimberley Schools Project. He is also a board member of ACER Ltd and the WA Government’s Early Years Initiative, and a trustee of the Fogarty Foundation.

Terms of Reference