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More states pull out of NAPLAN online testing trial

Victoria, ACT and WA will not participate in NAPLAN Online testing trials in schools this year, joining SA and Queensland which had already withdrawn.

Education Services Australia (ESA) has been unable to resolve technological issues that are affecting NAPLAN Online’s platform and supporting technology in time to commence the online version of NAPLAN next month. Recent testing indicates that this could affect students’ ability to complete the tests.

Victorian schools were fully prepared to participate in NAPLAN Online this year. However, there is not enough time for ESA to resolve the issues and complete comprehensive quality assurance testing in the next three weeks.

This decision means all Victorian students will sit pen-and-paper tests in 2017.


22 Oct 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
Virtual puzzles can teach kids to solve real-world problems News Image

Swinburne researchers have shown that children can apply the skills they learn on a tablet to the real world. The research shows that when four to six-year-olds learn how to solve a puzzle using a tablet, they then apply this learning to the same puzzle in the physical world. Read More

21 Oct 2017
Digital devices add to exam time stress: Family Zone survey News Image

A survey of 1000 teenagers and their parents shows that electronic devices are causing sleep and study problems for teenagers as they come up to end of year exams. The survey, commissioned by cyber safety platform, Family Zone, found teenagers are being robbed of sleep in the lead-up to exams Read More

21 Oct 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
Heather Schnagl named Victoria’s best educator News Image

Heather Schnagl, Principal at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School has been awarded the Sir James Darling Medal, which recognises a Victorian educator who has made an outstanding contribution to Victorian education. Read More

21 Oct 2017
Neil Bramsen and Brett Mckay receive Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching News Image

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary and Secondary Schools are awarded for excellence in teaching in any area of science that is part of the teacher’s state or territory science syllabus. The prize is awarded to teachers who have made an outstanding contribution to science education. Read More

21 Oct 2017
Notre Dame MA (Writing) to aid NSW teachers with English syllabus News Image

A new writing course introduced by The University of Notre Dame will equip NSW teachers to deal with major changes set to shake-up the English HSC syllabus next year. The new Master of Arts (Writing) program will play a key role in answering the professional development needs of English teachers Read More