committee majority recommends that ACARA and MCEECDYA explore and report
publicly on ways in which to use below-average NAPLAN test results as a trigger
for immediate assistance aimed at helping individual schools and students
perform at appropriate levels.
committee majority recommends that ACARA assess and report publicly on the
potential benefits of moving to a system that reports the median rather than
the mean school performance.
committee majority recommends that MCEECDYA and relevant jurisdictional test
administration authorities look at and report publicly on ways to ensure that
children with disabilities are not discriminated against and denied the right
to participate in national testing.
committee majority recommends that ACARA analyse and report publicly on how
NAPLAN tests are serving different groups of Language Background Other Than
English (LBOTE) students.
2.75 The committee majority recommends that ACARA
investigate and report to MCEECDYA on enhancing NAPLAN
to support the diagnostic needs of higher and lower student achievers.
committee majority recommends that ACARA and MCEECDYA expand NAPLAN to include
annual testing from years 3 to 10 in order to more accurately track student
performance and give parents, teachers and policymakers a far better
understanding of how students, teachers and schools, are progressing.
2.94 The committee majority recommends that MCEECDYA explore
ways for state and territory test administration authorities to more strongly
enforce security protocols.
3.36 The committee majority recommends that ACARA
prioritises the improvement of the method used to develop like school
comparisons and commits to the introduction of a method based on student-level
SES data for all schools prior to the reporting of 2011 NAPLAN test
committee majority recommends that ACARA and MCEECDYA examine and publicly
report on ways to mitigate the harm caused by simplistic and often distorted
information published in newspaper league tables.
committee majority recommends that ACARA identify, analyse and report publicly
on possible means of strengthening the relationship between NAPLAN tests and
the wider curriculum. The committee majority reserves its support for any
alignment between the tests and the new national curriculum until the quality
of, and community support for, the curriculum become clearer.
committee majority recommends that ACARA and MCEECDYA move to include more
contextual information about schools on the My School website,
reflecting the complex range of factors that affect schools, and acknowledge to
users of the website their awareness of the limitations of comparisons based on
raw performance data due to extrinsic factors. The committee majority further
recommends that ACARA commit to ensuring this contextual information is
available ahead of the reporting of 2011 NAPLAN results.
committee majority recommends that ACARA and MCEECDYA comprehensively revise
the type of information available on the My School website to shift the
focus from raw school performance data to value-added measurement of school
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