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Queensland Independent Schools Withdraw from NAPLAN Online Trial in 2017

07 April 2017

Queensland independent schools will also withdraw from NAPLAN Online trials this year following today’s withdrawal of state and Catholic schools.

Independent Schools Queensland Executive Director David Robertson said 12 independent schools in Queensland were currently involved in NAPLAN Online early testing but would now not take part in the formal trial that was due to start in May.

“This decision was not made lightly by these individual independent schools. Significant work has gone into transitioning NAPLAN to an online test at both the national and state levels. These 12 schools should be acknowledged for the time and resources they have devoted to this nationally significant project,” Mr Robertson said.

“Independent schools acknowledge the concerns of the Education Minister around the introduction of online testing and also want to ensure that students, parents and school communities have complete confidence in the system. The last thing we want is for any student to be disadvantaged by the technology.”

“Trial schools have been undertaking a range of preparation and readiness activities including familiarising students with the new online assessment platform, training staff and undertaking technical assessments and testing.”

“Independent Schools Queensland has been working closely with the Queensland Department of Education and Training, Queensland Catholic Education Commission and the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority to develop and share resources that will support all Queensland schools for the move online.”

“Independent schools will continue to work with our Queensland colleagues and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority to ensure the best outcomes for students when NAPLAN Online is rolled out in all schools in 2019.” 

Media contact: Shari Armistead (07) 32281543 or 0400 591 101

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