This week’s NAPLAN results show the writing skill of students is actually dropping as they progress from Year 3 through to Year 9.
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.
Literacy and numeracy can be assessed through creative tasks, like creating a drama performance or an electrical circuit, without hindering creativity.
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.