NAPLAN Outcomes are Not the Sole Measure of School Outcomes13-May-2015
Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) says NAPLAN outcomes are a useful diagnostic tool for schools and an important indicator of the overall performance of schools, however, they should not be considered the sole measure of a child's ability or used to directly compare schools.
ISQ Executive Director David Robertson said NAPLAN test results do not paint a complete picture of educational outcomes and experiences provided by independent schools.
“Parents should remember this type of testing does not take into account a student's talents in other areas such as creativity or social skills,” Mr Robertson said.“There are many factors parents take into account when choosing the best school for their children, including the capacity of a school to prepare students for life, good discipline, and encouraging a responsible attitude to school work.”
“Independent schools focus on addressing students’ individual needs and helping them achieve the best possible academic results.”