Terms of Reference

Inquiry into the administration and reporting of NAPLAN testing

Terms of Reference

On 13 May 2010, the Senate referred the following matters to the Senate Standing References Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations for inquiry and report by 24 November 2010:

(a) the conflicting claims made by the Government, educational experts and
peak bodies in relation to the publication of the National Assessment
Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing;

(b) the implementation of possible safeguards and protocols around the public
presentation of the testing and reporting data;

(c) the impact of the NAPLAN assessment and reporting regime on:
  (i) the educational experience and outcomes for Australian students,
  (ii) the scope, innovation and quality of teaching practice,
  (iii) the quality and value of information about student progress provided
  to parents and principals, and
  (iv) the quality and value of information about individual schools to
  parents, principals and the general community; and

(d) international approaches to the publication of comparative reporting of the
results, i.e. ‘league tables'; and

e) other related matters.


For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committees
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone:+61 2 6277 3521
Fax:+61 2 6277 5706


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