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Home > News > Professional Issues > Professional Issues Volume 15 > Queensland reviews NAPLAN

Queensland reviews NAPLAN

NAPLAN_2.jpgQueensland reviews NAPLAN

Issue snapshot:

  • Queensland has instigated its own NAPLAN review on the back of the COAG Education Council’s review of NAPLAN data.
  • A survey has been emailed to Queensland registered practising teachers seeking their views on the impacts of NAPLAN.
  • The final report on NAPLAN to be provided to the state education minister in October, with the independent review to the Education Council by December.


Australia’s education ministers have ordered a review into the presentation of National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) data.

The review will look at the publication of data as it relates to NAPLAN; however, it is not a review into NAPLAN testing or the way in which assessments are undertaken.

While a number of state and territory ministers had advocated for a broader review of NAPLAN, Queensland is the only state conducting its own review.

To help inform a report to the Queensland government regarding the role the national test should play in our schools, a survey by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) has been sent to registered practising teachers.

What is the issue?
At a meeting of the Education Council of COAG in June, federal, state and territory ministers agreed to a review of the current approach to presentation of NAPLAN data by an independent reviewer.

Ministers agreed to look into the way NAPLAN data was published on the MySchool website and how teachers and school leaders used results and MySchool data to inform teaching practices.

The review will also report on the extent to which the current presentation of data to schools and communities supported their understanding of student progress and achievement.

Since February, Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace has been a driving force behind the push for the Coalition to acknowledge that the numeracy and literacy test is in need of a review.

Initiating a state review, Minister Grace gave Queensland community members a chance to voice their concerns about the tests — 7,500 responses from parents were received — and is now engaging in further consultation with students, teachers, principals and education stakeholders.

Researchers from the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, Australian Catholic University (ACU) are leading this stage of the review.

State and territories participation in NAPLAN is governed by a ministerial education council agreement, therefore the state government has no capacity to halt NAPLAN.

However, any investigation will enable the Minister to be in a position to have a considered document on what the issues are and what people are saying, with a view to address the issues at a federal level.

Results of the state’s NAPLAN review will be provided to new federal Coalition education minister Dan Tehan at the next education council meeting on 14 September.

How will this impact teachers?
To ensure the voice of the profession is heard, IEUA-QNT members can have their say on NAPLAN by completing the
QCT survey by September 14.

The final report on the Queensland review of NAPLAN will be provided to the Queensland Education Minister by 26 October, 2018.

The independent reviewer will report back to the national council by December.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.