P&C slam teachers for not putting children first


Queensland's peak body for state school parents has hit out at the NAPLAN boycott, saying they're disappointed the dispute over the controversial test has led to the ban and children's education should be put first.

The Courier-Mail yesterday revealed that the Queensland Teachers' Union would boycott any work associated with preparing for and administering NAPLAN in 2021.

P&Cs Qld chief executive Scott Wiseman said the organisation was disappointed the dispute over NAPLAN had reached this loggerhead, and hopes that all parties continue to put the children's interests first.

"Every child deserves every chance at the best education possible and we hope the matter can be worked through and resolved constructively," he said.

Mr Wiseman said P&Cs Qld held the view that NAPLAN provides useful information to parents about how their child performs in line with other students on a broader measure.

"P&Cs Qld feel parents should have as much information made available to them as possible to actively participate in their child's education," Mr Wiseman said.

"Our position is that parents must continue to have the ultimate say in their child's involvement in the NAPLAN or not, and that it needs to be used as intended and not as a school versus school score sheet.

The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy program has been subject to numerous reviews and has been contentious since it was first introduced in 2008.

Queensland Teachers' Union President Kevin Bates said the industrial action followed reviews which had shown "NAPLAN was broken" so governments needed to introduce an alternative replacement.

"We have a national review by four jurisdictions, the state review from the Queensland government, all saying the same thing, we now have widespread acceptance that the NAPLAN test is broken," he said.

"You can't keep having reviews that say it's bad and then keep doing it."

It comes as the Catholic sector and Independent schools continue to prepare for the testing to resume next year, ramping-up its online delivery.

Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry said NAPLAN provided teachers with important information for planning and to discuss each student's progress with families.

"NAPLAN is an important part of a large array of data gathered by teachers to determine how students are learning," she said.

"No one test can provide all the data needed to form a comprehensive picture of each student but what NAPLAN provides is a national benchmark in the key areas of literacy and numeracy with a test that's based on the curriculum."

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