NAPLAN results indicate ‘we’re either going backwards or they’ve flatlined’

NAPLAN results indicate ‘we’re either going backwards or they’ve flatlined’

now what do the latest naplan results mean what impact if any did lockdowns and school closures have on the results and is the curriculum being cluttered with political and ideological content joining me now is director of the education standards institute kevin donnelly kevin thank you for joining us tonight uh you’ve previously said the national minimum reading standard was a low bar but why have the new south wales naplan results shown 1 in 10 year 9 students unable to reach that low bar well that’s a very good question rita and thank you for having me on the show i mean the real problem here is that when we talk about naplan it’s obviously at years 3 5 7 and 9 in mathematics and literacy when you look at that they’ve set the bar so low that most students up to 90 95 98 can get over so there’s a very low bar in terms of performance what i do is i look internationally at the other testing i mean there’s pisa there’s gyms and they’ve been going for 10 or 12 years now and when you look at that testing we have significant number of students underperforming so in pisa for example australia is ranked about 27. if you look at chins we’re ranked about 18 in mathematics and science and literacy so the problem here is that when we talk about naplan it’s not a very good measure of what we should be doing in terms of raising stands well yeah those international comparisons uh leave australia looking particularly poor especially when you look at the amount of money we invest in education you would just expect results to be much better than that now victorian students did particularly well overall as they normally do but their progress from test to test is lagging behind the rest of the nation is that do you think in any way related to the fact that they’ve spent longer in lockdown and have had a longer period of remote learning than the rest of the country tremendous a very good question and i know when i talk to parents and teachers there’s a genuine concern about specific from parents what’s happening in victoria we’ve had over 100 days i think it was last year of lockdown if you had the holidays over christmas uh easter this year we’re in lockdown again so students are missing i think somebody told me nearly 200 days of education in the classroom and being in a virtual classroom doesn’t make up for that so it doesn’t surprise me as far as victoria goes that the results are not as strong as they should be and if you go back to what’s happened over the last 15 20 years around australia despite the additional billions invested in education our results are either going backwards or they’re flatlined so there’s more that needs to be done and i know the ministers of education are meeting tomorrow friday to talk about the new national curriculum which is dumbed down substandard so hopefully they’ll look at that and get a wake-up call well talking about the national curriculum to what extent has political activism infected that curriculum and what can be done to ensure that we go to a back to basics approach that we focus on literacy numeracy and we strip away all that ideological nonsense from the curriculum you said right rita and uh even the oecd when they look at australia they argue that we uh compared to many other countries around the world have adopted a very politically correct curriculum not just in terms of ideology you know we promote uh sustainability global warming uh indigenous studies all the rest of it but we also adopt a very strange approach to classroom where teachers are facilitated children are guides they are digital natives rather so there are two issues here one is that we have a very cultural less curriculum in terms of being politically correct that takes away time from teaching the basics but the approach to what happens in the classroom is also really counterproductive we need to get back to teachers teaching we need to get back to explicit teaching rather than collaborative negotiated goal setting all the jargon they use i mean often now in primary school they talk about student agency as if 8 or ten-year-olds could work out what they want to learn that’s the job of the teacher to tell them and that’s where you get the best results i’ve been looking at the michaela school in the uk a free school they call it over there just recording the most remarkable results despite being in an area that is very uh got all sorts of socioeconomic issues because they’ve gone back to basics it’s all about discipline it’s all about the teacher leading the lesson not the students leading the lesson and the results are astonishing really they shame most private schools in in australia dr kevin donnelly thank you so much for your time tonight my pleasure
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NAPLAN results indicate \'we\'re either going backwards or they\'ve flatlined\'

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