The current debate about comparability would be more concerning if 2018 results showed radically different trends compared to previous years, but they don’t.
There is no need for all students to sit the same test, that asks the same questions, on the same day. We are smarter than that.
NAPLAN has now been in place for a decade and needs ongoing review and refinement to make it more useful to classroom teaching and learning.
Assessments need to be relevant to the real world and test more complex skills to better predict competency, standards of literacy and teaching.
Standardised tests are a powerful tool for building an evidence base of what works to guide education policy.
NAPLAN is great at tracking changes over time and between demographics, but not so great at measuring what factors effect change, engagement or creativity.
NAPLAN is going to be marked by computers from 2017. Can an algorithm understand the complex and emotional writing techniques we want our children to be learning?