Labor has welcomed an independent report – released today by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) – which shows that online NAPLAN testing is feasible and would improve the usefulness of the test for students, teachers, parents and schools.


Online NAPLAN trials were commenced under Labor in 2012 as part of a plan to improve the turn-around of results, and introduce adaptive questions that more accurately assess a student’s progress.


“Labor is committed to improving NAPLAN – that’s why we worked with the states and territories to get this online trial up and running in 2012,” Kate Ellis, Shadow Education Minister, said.


“Online testing will mean more accurate results and faster turn-around.”


“Anything that makes NAPLAN a more useful diagnostic tool in the classroom, and provides teachers with extra insight into student progress is a positive change.”


Kate Ellis said the NAPLAN was not designed to replace classroom testing or the professional judgement of teachers when it comes to meeting the learning needs of each student, and was just one tool for assessing student progress.


Before the election, the Government promised to continue the work started by Labor, and move NAPLAN testing online.


“The Question the Government must answer is: will they keep this commitment and ensure ACARA and our schools are properly resourced to make the most of online testing in the near future?” Kate Ellis said.


“It is important that NAPLAN continues to adapt and improve, and I am calling on the Government to keep this promise and make sure this happens.”