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MySchool misses mark on school assessment

Media Release
Penny Wright 11 Jul 2013

A new report released today highlights the failings of the Federal Government's MySchool site and backs the evidence given to a parliamentary inquiry initiated by Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools, Senator Penny Wright.

The overwhelming majority of submissions to the Senate Inquiry into NAPLAN testing criticised the MySchool site as an inaccurate measure of school performance and success.

"The Grattan Institute's report clearly shows the MySchool site based on NAPLAN data is not achieving the government's aims," Senator Wright said.

"Teachers and schools have been under huge pressure because they knew the Government's intention was for schools to be compared on the basis of their NAPLAN performance.

"But this report today has confirmed what the Australian Greens have been saying all along - good schooling is about more than a one-off, very narrow test of literacy and numeracy.

"Parents also look at things like school culture and teaching methods, and this is will be a great encouragement to the many teachers who told my inquiry they felt their value was NAPLAN-or-nothing.

"When they introduced MySchool, the Labor Government actually said the site was to be used to assess teachers, and bureaucrats have enforced that competitive message continuously.

"Alternatively, The Australian Greens are standing up for teachers and students and we want to ease the pressure by providing more support, training and resources."

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