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Thursday, 13 May 2010
Page: 2835

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (9:54 AM) —I seek leave to amend business of the Senate notice of motion No. 2 standing in my name by omitting ‘31 July 2010’ and substituting ‘13 August 2010’.

Leave granted.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG —I move the motion as amended:

That the following matters be referred to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee for inquiry and report by 13 August 2010:

(a)   the conflicting claims made by the Government, educational experts and peak bodies in relation to the publication of the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing;

(b)   the implementation of possible safeguards and protocols around the public presentation of the testing and reporting data;

(c)   the impact of the NAPLAN assessment and reporting regime on:

(i)   the educational experience and outcomes for Australian students,

(ii)   the scope, innovation and quality of teaching practice,

(iii)   the quality and value of information about student progress provided to parents and principals, and

(iv)   the quality and value of information about individual schools to parents, principals and the general community; and

(d)   international approaches to the publication of comparative reporting of the results, i.e. ‘league tables’; and

(e)   other related matters.

Question agreed to.