Friday, April 7, 2017
"Queensland students will not participate in the online pilot of NAPLAN testing next month over a number of glitches the Education Minister says will disadvantage school kids.
More than 100 Queensland schools were due to take part in next month's online national literacy and numeracy test.
Ms Jones has ordered her department to pull schools out after a number of glitches were identified.
She said, for example, one question remained on the screen the entire numeracy test, obscuring other questions and answers.
There was also the automatic correction of questions, which meant that students were not actually being tested on their work.
"I'm not going to put one student at a disadvantage because the online tool isn't working properly," she said.
"I think it's much safer and wiser to delay the implementation of NAPLAN online this year.
"We need to be sure that the system is fully ready, so parents and teachers don't lose faith in the program overall.
"We don't want students to be halfway through the tests and having technical problems."
Ms Jones said she was still committed to NAPLAN testing, but would discuss the problem with the trial at a meeting of Commonwealth and state education ministers in Hobart today.
The Queensland Catholic Education Commission has decided to pull its schools out as well.
Executive director Lee-Anne Perry hoped the issues would be resolved by next year.
"We were actually very keen to participate this year," she said.
"Our 130 schools ... will participate next year on the understanding that the technical issues have been resolved."
The traditional paper-based test for NAPLAN is due to be held between May 9 and 11.
The annual assessments assess all students in the nation in years 3,5,7, and 9."
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