Parents are being urged not to pull their children from NAPLAN testing.
In a Queensland Government report released publicly, researchers found that more than half of parents surveyed reported their children as being “anxious or very anxious” about NAPLAN, shares 9 news.
“Responses therefore show parents’ perceptions of high levels of both student motivation and student anxiety,” wrote researcher Dr Gabrielle Matters.
“When anxiety is taken to be concern about producing a good performance, a small amount of it is often regarded as positive (i.e. performance-enhancing), but it is regarded as a negative emotion when associated with fear and avoidance.”
Queensland’s Education Minister Grace Grace urged parents not to pull their children from taking part in the tests, warning that it is important all students take part.
“Overall, we received feedback from more than 7500 parents and carers, 5800 teachers and principals, 3000 students and 200 education stakeholders,” Minister Grace wrote in the review.
“The feedback identified some positive impacts of NAPLAN. However, it has also confirmed differing expectations about the purpose and use of NAPLAN amongst stakeholders, and a range of unintended consequences that stem from the increasingly high-stakes nature of this assessment.”
As a result of the 2018 Queensland NAPLAN review, the government has pledged to minimise “undesirable effects” until a national agreement around monitoring progress is reached.
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