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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 July 2019) . . Page.. 2428 ..


podium level, resulting in a total of 655 parking spaces. The proposed development will promote a well-considered design which has been further refined in close collaboration with the community and businesses to enliven the surrounding public domain while not detracting from those things we value in Dickson, including the heritage-listed Dickson Library. The use of my ability to call in this development application will contribute to the timely and considered construction of the development whilst preserving the important community, heritage and economic values present at the locality.

Section 161(2) of the Planning and Development Act 2007 specifies that, if I decide an application, I must table a statement in the Legislative Assembly not later than three sitting days after the day of the decision. As required by the act and for the benefit of the members, I have tabled a statement providing a description of the development, details of the land where the development is proposed to take place, the name of the applicant, details of my decision for the application, reasons for the decision and community consultation undertaken by the proponent. This statement includes a copy of the notice of decision.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Education, Employment and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (3.33), by leave: I welcome the Assembly Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs report No 5, Standardised Testing in ACT Schools. The government’s response to the report recognises that students and their families need to understand how their education is progressing. In addition, teachers, schools and education systems also need to understand how the education of students is progressing. Standardised testing is one method to provide students, families, teachers, schools and education systems with an understanding of educational progress.

The government agrees with the committee that standardised testing, including NAPLAN, can be a valuable diagnostic tool when used appropriately. The issue, of course, is that standardised testing can also be used inappropriately. It is the government’s view that appropriate use of standardised testing includes being used to inform teaching and learning. It is also the government’s view that the appropriate use of standardised testing includes making results available to students, teachers and families in a timely way that allows students to receive the support that they need.

Except for recommendation 3, the government has agreed with, or noted, the remainder of the committee’s recommendations. Recommendations that relate to things that the government has already been acting on have been noted, and the recommendations that involve decisions or considerations by the Education Council have mostly been noted. It is for members of the Education Council to decide what matters it considers, which, under the council’s terms of reference, occurs by consensus. Additionally, some recommendations have been noted where the


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