CDU Expert: NAPLAN Can Help Identify Progress, But Limited View of Ed

Charles Darwin University

Who: Charles Darwin University’s education expert Dr Stephen Bolaji


  • This week well over a million Australia students sat the NAPLAN test with mixed feelings not just for the students, but also for education experts
  • Standardised tests can gauge performance across different schools, regions, and demographics, but standardised tests may not fully capture the range of knowledge and skills that students have developed
  • A different model of assessment that is more inclusive and culturally responsive is a better option, especially for Indigenous students.
  • Standardised testing can be stressful for some students, particularly those who may struggle with test anxiety or who may not perform well on standardised tests for a variety of reasons.
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