Around 1.3 million Australian students will be tested on their reading, writing, and maths skills as they sit for NAPLAN this week. This year, results will be fast-tracked to parents and schools earlier than previous years.
Test report cards will also see a radical overhaul, with the 10 NAPLAN bands and national minimum standards dumped in favour of four proficiency levels: exceeding, strong, developing, and needs additional support.
The new changes mean up to 30% of students could score in the lowest two bands, falling short of the new national proficiency level for literacy and numeracy.
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has revealed that around 30% of students in 2022, across all domains and years, would not have met the new proficiency levels, which includes about 10% of students in the lowest-performing category of needing additional support.
Last year, about 7.3% of students on average failed to meet the national minimum standard. NAPLAN, or the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy, was introduced in 2008 to test the literacy and numeracy skills of students in years 3, 5, 7, and 9.
Glenn Fahey, Director of Education at the Centre for Independent Studies, said that several international tests use proficiency levels to define achievement.
However, he warned that changes to reporting would make comparisons with the past 15 years of results almost impossible, as the ability to track progress has been a valuable feature of NAPLAN.
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