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NAPLAN distorts education: Greens call for national overhaul

Penny Wright 11 May 2015

The Australian Greens are calling for drastic changes to the annual NAPLAN tests, which begin again tomorrow, saying the scheme undermines quality education.

Spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright said research has shown the tests are narrowing the curriculum, discouraging creativity and placing too much pressure on students and schools.

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NAPLAN community forums

Penny Wright 21 Apr 2015

How do you feel about NAPLAN? Love it, hate it or have some suggestions, we want to hear your thoughts.

Join Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Penny Wright for a community forum on the future of NAPLAN testing and have your say.

Please click on the events below to register your interest!


BLACKWOOD COMMUNITY CENTRE

18 May, 7.30pm

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Greens urge caution on MySchool changes

Penny Wright 22 Mar 2015

The Australian Greens have warned changes to the MySchool website to be announced today risk distorting education priorities and will not provide a holistic representation of local schools.

Australian Greens spokesperson for  schools Senator Penny Wright said NAPLAN scores didn't represent school achievement and warned new comparative features would create unfair contrasts.

"Under this new plan, you'll be comparing apples with oranges and coming up with bananas," Senator Wright said.

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MySchool hype distorts school priorities

Penny Wright 5 Mar 2015

Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright says the emphasis on NAPLAN testing has gone too far, as new MySchool data is released today.

The Australian Greens have previously called for the ranking functions on the MySchool site to be removed.

"There is no doubt MySchool site has introduced a competitive element which is damaging student and teacher wellbeing and distorting our idea of what matters in education," Senator Wright said.

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Move NAPLAN tests to start of the year: Greens

Penny Wright 11 May 2014

NAPLAN tests should be moved to the start of the year to limit "cramming" sessions and relieve pressure on students, says Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools Senator Penny Wright.

Senator Wright also urged the Government to remove school ranking and comparative functions from the MySchool website, in line with the findings of her Senate inquiry report.

"Moving NAPLAN tests to the beginning of the year would be less disruptive to students and reduce the temptation for excessive coaching sessions," Senator Wright said.

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Senate inquiry calls for NAPLAN overhaul

Penny Wright 27 Mar 2014

A Senate Inquiry into the NAPLAN tests initiated by Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools has today recommended substantial changes to the tests and the MySchool website.

"The committee heard a huge amount of evidence that the MySchool site has introduced a competitive element which is damaging student and teacher wellbeing and resulting in a whole lot of ‘teaching to the test'," Senator Wright said.

"As a committee we came to the view it's time the ranking and comparative functions for individual schools on the MySchool site were removed.

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