Parents, principals urged to ignore NAPLAN boycott

BY JEAN EDWARDS

School principals and parents are being warned against a boycott of the annual national numeracy and literacy tests.

More than one million students in years three, five, seven and nine will start sitting the NAPLAN tests, which are now in their fifth year.

The results will be added to the Federal Government's MySchool website, which compares schools' performance.

A group of education campaigners has been encouraging parents to let their children skip the tests.

The chairman of the Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority Professor Barry McGaw, says he has not noticed growing dissent about the tests, which had a participation rate of over 95 per cent last year.

"I've read the material produced by the Say No to NAPLAN group, but we don't have any evidence that there's any massive withdrawal at all," he said.

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Parents, principals urged to ignore NAPLAN boycott (ABC)

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