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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 238 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 April 2018 by Hon Charles Smith

Minister responding: Hon S.M. Ellery
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 10 April 2018


238. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the Minister for Education and Training:

With the transition of NAPLAN to computer-based assessments that use adaptive testing —

(1) Does the government concede tests will now no longer be standardised?

(2) If no to (1), why not?

(3) If yes to (1), does the government concede that NAPLAN will no longer perform its function?

(4) If no to (3), why not?

(5) If yes to (3), will the government consider scrapping NAPLAN and spending the costs saved on funding evidence-based initiatives in classrooms that will raise student outcomes in literacy and numeracy since NAPLAN has evidently failed to do so?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) No.

(2) The NAPLAN Online tests can still be considered standardised tests as they are administered under the same conditions and scored in a way that makes it possible to compare the performances of individual or groups of students using a single scale.

(3)–(5) Not applicable.