A new report details the growing grassroots movement in the United States against standardised testing.
A teacher responds to the ABC Life Matters discussion on parents taking their children out of the NAPLAN tests.
There was a massive surge in the number of students being withdrawn from standardised tests in the United States last week.
My School has failed dismally in its main objective to improve school results. Reading, writing and numeracy test scores have largely stagnated or fallen since the website was established.
Parents should be careful how they interpret test scores published on the My School website. School league tables published in the Canberra Times based on this data are built on shaky ground.
A huge opt-out movement has developed in the United States with parents withdrawing their children from standardised tests across the country.
Canberra parent’s organisation condemns the publication of school league tables in the Canberra Times.
An open letter by Diane Ravitch to the US Senate calls for annual standardised testing to be dropped in US schools.
There were record withdrawal rates from the NAPLAN tests across Australia and in most states/territories this year. It suggests that increasing numbers of parents realise that NAPLAN is not compulsory.
A Western Australian principal has written an inspiring letter to his students to put their NAPLAN results into perspective.
A US educator answers the question of “what do standardized tests teach”.
NAPLAN Withdrawal Rates Increase in WA, but Many Parents are Still in the Dark about their Right to WithdrawPosted on Saturday May 10, 2014
Education authorities continue the conspiracy of silence about the right of parents to withdraw their children from NAPLAN. However, more and more parents are becoming better informed about their rights.
A private school English teacher says he cheats on the NAPLAN tests by drilling his students. He says it detracts from time spent analysing literature.
More about the storm of teacher, parent and student protest against testing in the United States.
A wave of protest by parents, students and teachers against standardised testing has swept across the United States.
The 2014 NAPLAN tests are only four weeks away. Tell us your stories and information about the effects of NAPLAN in your school.
A flyer for parents about the right to withdraw their child from the NAPLAN tests.
An opt-out movement against standardised testing has exploded in the United States in the last few months. Here a New York parent explains her family’s decision to opt out of the New York state tests.
A lecture tour by a US professor of education provides a cautionary tale about high stakes testing and control of education policy in New York State by entrepreneurs and corporations.
Leading Finnish education expert, Pasi Sahlberg, comments on Finland’s slip down the rankings on international test results from the Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA)._
Margaret Clark takes ACARA to task for its submission to the Senate inquiry on NAPLAN.
A survey of primary school principals shows that a majority believe that the NAPLAN tests are having a negative impact on student well-being, curriculum and teaching practices.<
The Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, has criticised NAPLAN as a high stakes test that is misleading and narrowing the curriculum. <
The US Government Accountability Office has reported evidence of rampant cheating on high stakes tests, with allegations of cheating in 40 states in the last two years. It says that using awards or recognition for improving test scores can provide incentives to cheat.
View two great videos of news reports on high stakes testing – one from Australia and one from New York. Both should be compulsory viewing.
Some schools offered students special inducements to do the NAPLAN tests last week. One Tasmanian school offered free breakfasts, raffle tickets and lunch and a movie with a teacher to encourage students to do the tests.
Some more stories about NAPLAN this week.
Some stories about NAPLAN this week from a Canberra government school.
A new study of Florida’s high profile school accountability program has found evidence of rorting by schools. It shows that schools were classifying low-performing students into exempt categories that are excluded from the school performance grading so as to artificially raise their test scores. <
A Canberra private school has set a great example for other schools in dealing with NAPLAN and informing parents that they can withdraw their child from the tests.
A television commercial linking a children’s fish-oil supplement to NAPLAN tests produced an outcry last week. A whole industry is being built around NAPLAN testing that is undermining a balanced education and lifestyle for young children.
A new academic study has found that test-based accountability measures in the United States have narrowed the curriculum in schools.
A parent says that national testing of science will ruin science education for students and teachers.
The next round of NAPLAN tests is only a few weeks away. Tell us your stories and information about the effects of NAPLAN in your school.
Testing scandals in the United States reveal the problems ahead in Australia as NAPLAN test results are used to rank schools and reward teachers, schools and governments.
A Professor of Education says that US schools are no longer designed to produce educated citizens but rather places to produce test results. Is this the future for Australia’s schools under NAPLAN and My School?<
A new group called The Boycott NAPLAN Coalition has been set up to oppose the NAPLAN tests.
School league tables provide misleading and inaccurate information about schools. They are unreliable as a measure of school quality.
The rebellion against high stakes testing in the United States that began early last year has spread with teachers in Seattle refusing to administer tests and Republican legislators in Texas deciding to cut back tests.<
The ACT achieved mixed results in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) for 2011. ACT students achieved high average results but there was little improvement since 1995 and it has large achievement gaps in Year 8.<
A summary of the Year 8 results for Australia from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
A summary of the Year 4 results for Australia from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).
A new study shows that NAPLAN and My School have diminished education by encouraging teaching to the test and narrowing the curriculum. The well-being of many very young children is also being affected around test time.
Some schools have very high withdrawal rates from NAPLAN. The average withdrawal rate across Australia in 2011 was between one and two per cent. Nearly 300 schools had 10 per cent or more of their students withdrawn and 78 had over 25 per cent withdrawn.
There has been a big increase in the percentage of students withdrawn from the NAPLAN tests since 2008. Continuation of this trend will affect the reliability of school and interstate comparisons of the NAPLAN results.
A national rebellion against high stakes testing in the United States is growing.
Pre-service teachers discover that NAPLAN results are closely linked to parent income.
A survey of teachers has found that NAPLAN is having a detrimental effect on classroom learning by narrowing the curriculum, teaching to the test, reducing student engagement and increasing student stress.
A new paper shows that the current emphasis on test scores as measures of education success could diminish education because it ignores the fact that education is more than test scores. The Prime Minister and the education minister do not appear to understand this.<
A principal speaks out against NAPLAN to the Say No To NAPLAN group.
Setting East Asian test scores as the benchmark of education success could bring the East Asian afflictions of “tiger mothers” putting intense pressure on children to get high test scores through long hours of homework and private tutoring with an emphasis on rote learning and memorisation.
The immense pressure surrounding standardised tests in China, the United States and Australia is robbing young children of their childhood and even their health.
Using NAPLAN as a single indicator of school quality focuses school improvement efforts on these test results. It ‘crowds out’ other education goals.
Melbourne’s suburban trains and schools are subject to Campbell’s Law – using one performance indicator to judge service quality ultimately degrades quality.
US schools are also in their standardized testing season. An article on the Washington Post website spells out the cost to education of high-stakes testing.
Over 100 education academics have signed a letter in support of “Say No to NAPLAN”.
A mother asks the Prime Minister to rethink the Government’s stance on NAPLAN. She says that NAPLAN is No Plan for our kids and that she will be withdrawing her son from NAPLAN in the future.
The head of ACARA, Barry McGaw, says that claims that NAPLAN is creating test-driven schooling are nonsense. Yet, the national education ministers’ council is so concerned about teaching to the test and narrowing of the curriculum that it has commissioned ACARA to investigate and report. It looks like being a ‘whitewash’ report.
A parent says why she has withdrawn her daughter from NAPLAN despite being advised not to do so by her school.
A parent questions the value of NAPLAN