NAPLAN experiences investigated

by Martin O'Shannessy


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NAPLAN experiences investigated


Attitudes about the impacts of ‘high-stakes testing’ such as NAPLAN are perhaps more nuanced than first thought, a new survey of parents has found.

This study - The impacts of high stakes testing on schools, students and their families: Parental Attitudes and Perceptions Concerning NAPLAN parents was commissioned by the Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney and conducted by Newspoll in May and June this year.


Parents reported attitudes to NAPLAN such as:

• 56% of parents are in favour of NAPLAN, 34% against it and 10% are uncommitted in their views.

• Approximately 70% of parents find information about their child’s NAPLAN results to be useful.

• There is an apparent gender split, with 41% of mothers against NAPLAN compared with 27% of fathers.

• One in two parents do not perceive NAPLAN to have any impact on their child’s self-esteem. Of the balance, 23% believe it has a positive impact, and 23% feel it has a negative impact.

• 40% of parents report that the last time their child undertook NAPLAN testing, their child exhibited some sign of stress or anxiety as a result of NAPLAN.

• 17% of parents claim to have visited the MySchool website in the past 12 months in order to compare the NAPLAN results of their child’s school with others.


Click here to view the Whitlam Institute study and download the PDF report

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