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The public needs confidence in the NAPLAN system: that's why we need a Senate Inquiry

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The Public Needs Confidence In The NAPLAN System - That's Why We Need A Senate Inquiry

The Australian Greens will move for a Senate Inquiry into the ongoing dispute over NAPLAN testing, according to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Education, says it is welcome that the Government and education unions have agreed to set up a working party, but that this does not change the need for an inquiry.

"Anxiety in school communities has been growing for months, yet it is only now at the eleventh hour that the Minister has conceded the need for consultation,'' Senator Hanson-Young said. "This has been poorly managed.''

"Since the introduction of the MySchool website last year, we have seen many concerns raised about the operation and effect of the site - but nothing has been done to investigate these concerns''.

"There are conflicting claims about the impact of publishing NAPLAN data, and these have not been resolved by today's announcement of the end of the teachers' boycott.

"The Government has come up with a short-term fix that allows the tests to go ahead next week, but we need a long-term solution so we can avoid these sorts of disputes in the future.

"It is important that this inquiry goes ahead to allow a transparent and open process and to ensure that parents can have confidence in the system.''

The proposed Senate Inquiry would investigate the conflicting claims made by the Government, educational experts and peak bodies regarding the publication of NAPLAN testing.

It would also look at a number of other areas including the implementation of safeguards and protocols for the public presentation of NAPLAN data, and international approaches to the publication of comparative reporting of test results i.e "League Tables".

"I will move for this inquiry when Parliament returns next week,'' Senator Hanson-Young said.

"For the sake of schools, parents and kids it is vital that we get the full picture about NAPLAN and its reporting as soon as possible.''

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