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NAPLAN 2018 review

​The second phase of the review of NAPLAN in Queensland is now underway.

Teachers, principals, and students in Years 3 to 10 were invited to provide their views on the role of NAPLAN in school and system improvement via online surveys.

The Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education at Australian Catholic University also engaged directly with targeted education stakeholders through interviews, focus groups and an organisation survey.

It is anticipated that a draft report will be provided to the Minister for Education by the end of October 2018.

NAPLAN Review Terms of Reference are provided below.

Terms of Reference

Queensland Government NAPLAN Review 2018

  1. Queensland has been participating in the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for ten years. This period has seen significant changes in Queensland’s education system and society more broadly.
  2. The Queensland Department of Education will lead a review of how NAPLAN is used in the Queensland context, the contribution NAPLAN makes to enabling Queensland students to reach their full potential and the role NAPLAN plays in school and system improvement.
  3. The review will ensure Queensland is well placed to participate in any future Education Council commissioned national review of NAPLAN.
  4. Specifically, the review will consider:
    • ​the value of NAPLAN as a mechanism to support improvement in educational outcomes at the student, school and system level;
    • how Queensland NAPLAN data is utilised, communicated and reported within schools, the broader education system and the community;
    • expectations, understanding and use of NAPLAN by students, their families, school leaders and systems, and its importance in accountability and monitoring of student outcomes;
    • factors affecting NAPLAN participation;
    • ​evidence of the impact of NAPLAN on student and staff wellbeing;
    • the effect of NAPLAN on the ability of teachers to teach the full curriculum, school leaders to progress curriculum and program priorities, and schools to deliver on broader educational objectives;
    • how NAPLAN affects specific student cohorts, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students;
    • the differentiated experience of schools and students that participated in NAPLAN Online in 2018;
    • the impact of NAPLAN on school and system resourcing; and
    • any undesirable consequences for students, teachers, school leaders, schools and the education system.
  5. To most appropriately reflect Queensland’s experience of NAPLAN over the past 10 years, all schooling sectors will be included in the scope of the review and will be invited to participate in consultation.
  6. External reviewers will be contracted to assist the department to undertake the review and will be selected on the basis of their experience and ability to conduct a high profile education review, deliver research, analysis, stakeholder consultation and a comprehensive review report.
  7. The following stakeholders will be consulted as part of the review:
    • ​students, parents/families, and parent associations;
    • teachers, principals and principal associations;
    • schooling sector representatives;
    • teacher unions and other relevant staff associations; and
    • curriculum authorities.
  8. The reviewer will have access to internal resources from the Department of Education, which will include:
    • facilitating access to schools (for non-state schools this will be via sector authorities)
    • professional expertise;
    • survey and data tools;
    • communications and marketing resources; and
    • other reasonable or available resources.
  9. Having considered these matters, the review will provide advice on the optimal positioning of NAPLAN in the future of education in Queensland, and any changes needed to address issues raised and improve Queensland’s education system outcomes.
  10. A draft report regarding parent and community perceptions and understanding of NAPLAN will be provided to the Minister by June 2018, with a final report by July 2018.
  11. A draft report regarding all other matters covered in the review will be provided to the Minister by end of October 2018.​​
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14 September 2018