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Monday, 6 December 2004
Page: 120


Senator ALLISON (9:37 PM) —I move Democrat amendment (17) on sheet 4436:

(17) Clause 36, page 36 (lines 4 to 9), omit subclause (4).

This deals with educational accountability and the requirement of common testing standards, including common national tests specified in the regulations in English, mathematics, science, civics and citizenship education, and information and communications technology.

This is just another attempt by the federal government to micromanage. It is my understanding that MCEETYA is meeting to talk about these common testing standards and national tests. The other day we had a report of a study which looked into those tests and found them to be not very useful in discovering how well students are doing in schools. That is probably the sort of thing that many teachers will say: a test result does not necessarily tell you whether a child is improving or tell you much about a whole range of things. Tests can only determine so much. We think that (a) this should not be a Commonwealth requirement and (b) MCEETYA meetings are, as I understand it, discussing this and hopefully will come up with a testing regime which is more useful than the current arrangements.

Question negatived.