The current debate about comparability would be more concerning if 2018 results showed radically different trends compared to previous years, but they don’t.
To assess problem-solving, creative and critical thinking skills on NAPLAN would fit with broader movements in education internationally, but there are some questions to address first.
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.
Getting rid of NAPLAN would allow teachers more time to respond to and address the needs of their students, rather than teaching to the test.
While we may need to rethink how we use NAPLAN, it is an important and useful tool for researchers and policy makers.