NAPLAN, MySchool and accountability: Teacher perceptions of the effects of testing

Thompson, Greg (2013) NAPLAN, MySchool and accountability: Teacher perceptions of the effects of testing. International Education Journal, 12(2), pp. 62-84.

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Abstract

This paper explores Rizvi and Lingard’s (2010) idea of the “local vernacular” of the global education policy trend of using high-stakes testing to increase accountability and transparency, and by extension quality, within schools and education systems in Australia. In the first part of the paper a brief context of the policy trajectory of National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is given in Australia. In the second part, empirical evidence drawn from a survey of teachers in Western Australia (WA) and South Australia (SA) is used to explore teacher perceptions of the impacts a high-stakes testing regime is having on student learning, relationships with parents and pedagogy in specific sites.

After the 2007 Australian Federal election, one of Labor’s policy objectives was to deliver an “Education Revolution” designed to improve both the equity and excellence in the Australian school system1 (Rudd & Gillard, 2008). This reform agenda aims to “deliver real changes” through: “raising the quality of teaching in our schools” and “improving transparency and accountability of schools and school systems” (Rudd & Gillard, 2008, p. 5). Central to this linking of accountability, the transparency of schools and school systems and raising teaching quality was the creation of a regime of testing (NAPLAN) that would generate data about the attainment of basic literacy and numeracy skills by students in Australian schools.

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ID Code: 86157
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: NAPLAN, MySchool, accountability, teacher perceptions, education policy
ISSN: 1443-1475
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 04 Aug 2015 01:20
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2015 00:12

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