Education ministers have cancelled this year’s NAPLAN tests due to the coronavirus, saying it would put an unnecessary burden on already-stressed schools. The national tests – sat annually by years 3, 5, 7 and 9 – will resume next year, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Schools, which are busily preparing remote learning materials in case they shut down, have been hoping the national assessment program – scheduled to be held between May 12 and 22 – would be scrapped, saying they had enough to do.
In a statement, they said, “The decision not to proceed with NAPLAN has been taken to assist school leaders, teachers and support staff to focus on the wellbeing of students and continuity of education, including potential online and remote learning.
“Further, the impact of responses to the COVID-19 virus may affect the delivery of NAPLAN testing, including the operation of centralised marking centres and the implications for nationally comparable data if an insufficient number of students are available to do the test.”
The president of the Secondary Principals Council, Craig Petersen, said school leaders and teachers would welcome the “common sense” announcement.
NAPLAN to be cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19 disruption (Sydney Morning Herald)