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.

Will your child be participating in NAPLAN this year?

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  • This year my daughter is giving NAPLAN test and she is very excited .no pressure from us as it just indicates where she stands and if she is lacking in any subject we will take care .


  • The theology behind NAPLAN is sound – early identification of literacy and numeracy difficulties. The problem with NAPLAN is that they don’t deliver the results in a timely way to enable teachers to actually use this information to help kids when they need it. The other problem is that it is not valid in many ways as children are taught to the test due to the public nature of the results. We will be pulling our kids from NAPLAN as I don’t think they are useful tests, they contribute to anxiety to children and stress to teachers.


  • My son always participated in NAPLAN however, our attitude and discussion was that the testing was not useful. I feel to the detriment of teaching our kids in the way they should be taught.


  • Maybe stop the stupid pointless NAPLAN testing. Teach the bloody kids how to read, write and spell and damn basic mental maths! That’s it stop all this other nonsense


  • Is this like the HSC when I did it?


  • My daughter will be participating this year, she hasn’t mentioned anything as yet, but we have always said that all you can do is your best, what ever that may be.


  • I think as long as you tell your kids its ok regardless of the result, majority of their anxiety may stem from not wanting to disappoint parents

    • True ! Especially within the Asian culture, parents may have very high expectations.


  • It dosnt determine your kids life… parents should explain that. And not put any pressure at all for any certain result. And just be encouraging to do their best and that will do. If my kid had extreme anxiety about it. Id be dealing with the reasons behind that and not blaming a test. And try help my kid through whatever issues they were experiencing. Parents are in control of what expectations you project. You should just expect their best and if their best is below average. Thats ok. Cause we all know school is not the be all end all of being successful. I was a below average student in maths and English and now im an accounts payable manager of 15 people. And i still dont know my times tables.


  • My husband and I spoke to our daughter about NAPLAN, what it is about and what to expect.

    We explained she may feel nervous about doing it (like any other test) and that the results don’t reflect back on what a kind, generous and beautiful young lady she is.

    We then gave her the option of continuing the test or to pull out. She chose to participate in it, as she is keen to see what her results are.

    Knowledge is power.


  • If the pressure if kept off kids, then its ok. Some parents get so crazy about it


  • it has never bothered our kids, they need to learn to handle stress at some point, the earlier the better. Naplan is worthless anyway it doesn’t show a true reflection of the abilities


  • We’re deliberately very casual about NAPLAN. It doesn’t seem to bother our kds.


  • It is ok to be anxious, anxiety doesn;t have to mean a major issue, it’s normal in small doses. The only way to see that Naplan is ok is to give it a go.


  • I never pulled my kids out, they were never anxious for it neither. We don’t make a big deal of Naplan, it’s really not such important test.


  • My daughter participated in all the Naplan tests and she never found it stressing.


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