Qld Catholic schools support NAPLAN cancellation

A statement from Dr Lee-Anne Perry, Executive Director, Queensland Catholic Education Commission:

The key focus for Catholic schools remains ensuring the 154,000 young people in our schools are supported to continue their learning.

Given the uncertainty around the impacts of COVID-19, schools need to be able to plan for a range of contingencies and to keep their focus on teaching and learning.

Catholic schools support the decision of the Education Council to cancel the 2020 NAPLAN testing.

NAPLAN is an important national standardised source of data for teachers and systems and is a part of a much broader set of data teachers use to understand how students are tracking, to plan their teaching going forward and to discuss students’ progress with families.

Throughout the school year teachers carry out ongoing assessment programs suited to the stage of development of their students, including tests, assignments, quizzes and presentations which all provide valuable information about each student’s learning.

The various contingencies Catholic schools are developing in light of COVID-19 will ensure teachers are still able to track the progress of students and to guide them towards the best possible learning outcomes despite this one-year gap in NAPLAN data.

Read the Education Council Communique here.

Read the media release from the Queensland Minister for Education Grace Grace here.