Education ministers around the country have announced that NAPLAN tests for 2020 will be cancelled due to Coronavirus threats.
The ministers from every state convened via a virtual meeting to discuss the status of the nationwide standardised tests, which are taken by years 3, 5, 7 and 9 and would be held between 12 – 22 May this year, as reported in the Daily Mail.
It was decided that the NAPLAN tests will not take place at all in 2020 and will resume next year.
“The decision not to proceed with NAPLAN has been taken to assist school leaders, teachers and support staff to focus on the wellbeing of students and continuity of education, including potential online and remote learning,” the ministers said in a statement.
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“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 ministers took the opportunity to thank teachers and support staff for “the essential work they do every day educating our children and young people, particularly during these challenging times”.
Schools Will Remain Open
They education representatives also re-emphasised Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s call to not close schools at this time.
“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,” they said.
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