12 September 2008

Local kids come out tops again.

| johnboy
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Andrew Barr is exulting in the performance of our (or rather his when the news is good) students in national testing.

    The first ever national school testing results released today show that ACT students are either first or equal first amongst the States and Territories in 17 of the 20 categories tested.

    The results are from the first National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests taken by 18,000 ACT students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in all ACT schools in May this year. NAPLAN tested students in these 4 school years in the 5 areas of reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation and numeracy.

    The report shows ACT students perform above the national average in all five areas tested and that the proportion of ACT students performing at or above the national minimum standard in these areas is also above the national average.

Me I blame the parents.

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Aureleius, like a politician would ever comment on educationa for a non-political reason…

grunge_hippy1:01 pm 13 Sep 08

they obviously didnt count our school in that… new rules meant that all of my learning support class children bar one had to do the test… something that stressed them and will ultimately prove nothing that we dont already know, except some pollie will pick it one day and say “why was this cohort not performing” and blame teachers.

waste of time and money.

concocted by politicians to give politicians something to bleat about?
surely you jest?

It’s a snapshot of their abilities and I wouldn’t be ‘claiming’ anything based on one set of testing.

NAPLAN/ACTAP results aren’t the be all end all of education and people should stop thinking that they are.

They’re nothing more than Govt BS.

So far I have read media reports of at least three states and the ACT claiming to have topped the class when it comes to these tests.
I think the best educational outcomes may be lessons in spin, statistics and ministerial bullsh*tting.

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