Page 2063 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 2 August 2016

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Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety considered a total of 18 statutory appointments or reappointments. In all 18 instances the committee noted the proposed appointments and made no further recommendation.

I now table a schedule of the statutory appointments considered during this period:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee—Schedule of Statutory Appointments—8th Assembly—Period 1 January to 30 June 2016.

National assessment program for literacy and numeracy

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Corrections, Minister for Education, Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs and Minister for Road Safety) (10.45): Today I would like to make a statement as the Minister for Education to share with members information about the trialling, assessment and implementation of NAPLAN online in the ACT. NAPLAN online is a significant change to the way we will conduct and report on the national literacy and numeracy assessment of children and young people in Australia. The implementation of the online assessment platform will deliver a more responsive assessment process by providing better information in regards to students’ performance much more quickly.

Today I would like to inform members as to the national and local cross-sectoral approach being undertaken to transition the NAPLAN assessment process onto a digital platform, and address some of the issues that have been raised as we move towards implementation. Our aim is to ensure that students in ACT schools are able to transition smoothly to this new assessment method.

NAPLAN currently provides valuable information on how well young Australians are reaching important literacy and numeracy educational goals, though it is by no means the only assessment available to teachers, students and families to understand student achievement. While NAPLAN supports student and school improvement by monitoring students’ progress over time, using NAPLAN online will see the provision of data to schools and teachers in a matter of weeks, which will assist teachers to plan in a time frame that is of real benefit for students. Testing will also be tailored to each student, giving a more accurate assessment of their progress. These features will increase NAPLAN’s usefulness for teachers and students in the classroom in a timely way.

Each May since 2008 Australian students from years 3, 5, 7 and 9 have completed the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy assessments. In May 2016 around 19,000 ACT students sat down with their paper test booklets and pencils as part of the 2016 paper-based NAPLAN.

As part of assessing how the NAPLAN online system will perform, up to 7,000 ACT students across 115 schools will participate in a test run over two weeks from 15 August until 26 August. Nationally, more than 1,000 schools will participate in the trials. It is important for parents and students to understand, however, that this is not an additional test of students’ abilities but, rather, a test run of the online digital system.

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