Fortitude Valley SSS
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NAPLAN cancelled amid pandemic

EDUCATION Council ministers have cancelled NAPLAN for 2020.

It comes after Queensland Minister Grace Grace this morning called for the test to be cancelled over fears of the extra anxiety caused by the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

A statement explaining the decision made today by Education Council Ministers said that the decision was taken to help school teachers, leaders and support staff to focus on student wellbeing and their learning, including the continuation of school online and remotely.

Education Minister Grace Grace says there’s strong support for NAPLAN to be cancelled. Picture: Attila Csaszar/AAP
Education Minister Grace Grace says there’s strong support for NAPLAN to be cancelled. Picture: Attila Csaszar/AAP


"Further, the impact of responses to the COVID-19 virus may affect the delivery of NAPLAN testing, including the operation of centralised marking centres and the implications for nationally comparable data if an insufficient number of students are available to do the test.

"The decision to not proceed with NAPLAN in 2020 also means that the scheduled testing of the NAPLAN Online platform, known as the Coordinated Practice Test (CPT), will not proceed.

"Ministers acknowledge the work that departments and schools have undertaken in preparation for the anticipated CPT which was due to commence next week on 23 March. Education departments and systems will continue to closely monitor health advice and work with schools to ensure appropriate support for students and staff as the response to COVID-19 develops.

"Education Ministers reiterated that the National Cabinet has agreed, on the advice of the chief health and medical officers, that "pre-emptive closure of schools are not proportionate or effective as a public health intervention to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 at this time."

The NAPLAN test window was scheduled to be held from 12 to 22 May.

Ms Grace also revealed school attendance has dropped about 5 to 6 per cent compared to this time last year, blaming the reduction on children being sick (not corona-related) and parents needing to self isolate.

Attendance is currently at 86 per cent.