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The unions are at war with NAPLAN (and why it must be saved)

22 March 2024

10:20 AM

22 March 2024

10:20 AM

Like clockwork, NAPLAN’s most vocal critics have again shown they miss the point of the national assessment.

Around 1.3 million Australian students are now sitting the annual test of foundational literacy and numeracy.

Over 15 years, NAPLAN has proven to be a valued part of Australia’s education infrastructure. Many parents, teachers, schools, and policymakers trust it as a generally reliable – even if imperfect – indicator of academic performance.

Despite any faults it may have, it provides a useful picture of how the nation’s students are tracking.

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