Letter of Support from Academics for the ‘Say No To NAPLAN’ campaign

We are a group of Australian academics teaching in universities. As a group we are appalled at the way in which the Commonwealth government has moved to a high stakes testing regime in the form of NAPLAN, despite international evidence that such approaches do not improve children’s learning outcomes.

To date there has been little informed debate in this country about the use of NAPLAN as a measure of student (and teacher) academic achievement. These tests have little merit given they focus on assessment of learning rather than assessment for learning and they are being misused for a variety of political agendas.

Pressure on teachers and children to perform well on NAPLAN tests is narrowing the curriculum and eroding time in classrooms for quality teaching and learning activities. Conservative estimates of this testing regime – which only provides a snapshot of a student’s progress in some aspects of literacy and numeracy at one point in time – are around $100 million annually. Such funding could and should be used more appropriately to meet the needs of children experiencing learning difficulties.

CURRENT SIGNATORIES (more adding each day)

  • Nerissa Albon, Monash University
  • Assoc Prof Michael Anderson, University of Sydney
  • Julie Anderson, RMIT University
  • Prof Lawrie Angus, University of Ballarat
  • Assoc Prof Peter Aubusson, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Dr Glenn Auld, Deakin University
  • Assoc Prof Jon Austin, University of Southern Queensland
  • Dr Bill Baker, University of Tasmania
  • Prof Catherine Beavis, Griffith University
  • Dr Adam Bertram, Monash University
  • Dr Kerry Bissaker, Flinders University
  • Assoc Prof Janette Bobis, University of Sydney
  • Dr Kate Brass, University of Ballarat
  • Dr Margarita Breed, RMIT University Prof Marie Brennan, Victoria University
  • Martyn Brogan, Victoria University
  • Assoc Prof Penny Bundy, Griffith University
  • Dr Jenene Burke, University of Ballarat
  • Dr Peter Burridge, Victoria University
  • Andrea Burton, Griffith University
  • Assoc Prof Brian Cambourne, University of Wollongong
  • Julie Carmel, RMIT University
  • Nicky Carr, RMIT University
  • Assoc Prof Annemaree Carroll, University of Queensland
  • Dr Barbara Chancellor, RMIT University
  • Garry Collins, Australian Catholic University
  • Assoc Prof Maxine Cooper, University of Ballarat
  • Dr Suzanne Covich, Edith Cowan University WA
  • Dr Russell Cross, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Michael Crowhurst, RMIT University
  • Dr Lexi Cutcher, Southern Cross University
  • Assoc Prof Gloria Dall-Alba, University of Queensland
  • Dr Ann Davies, University of New South Wales
  • Dr Robert Davis, University of Ballarat
  • Prof Chris Davison, University of New South Wales
  • Prof Brenton Doecke, Deakin Univeristy
  • Assoc Prof Shelley Dole, University of Queensland
  • Dr Debra Edwards, La Trobe University
  • Dr Jennifer Elsden-Clifton, RMIT University
  • Prof Marie Emmitt, Australian Catholic University
  • Prof Robyn Ewing, University of Sydney
  • Dr Beryl Exley, Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr Julie Faulkner, Monash University
  • Assoc Prof Heather Fehring, RMIT University
  • Sylvana Fenech, RMIT University
  • Dr Annette Foley, University of Ballarat
  • Debi Futter-Puati, RMIT University
  • Prof Trevor Gale, Deakin University
  • Dr Robyn Gibson, University of Sydney
  • Andrew Gilbert, RMIT University
  • (Hon) A Prof Libby Gleeson, University of Sydney Prof Barry Golding, University of Ballarat
  • Dr Emily Gray, RMIT University
  • Dr Peter Grootenboer, Griffith University
  • Prof Susan Groundwater-Smith, University of Sydney
  • Dr Cathryn Hammond, University of South Australia
  • Dr Mary Hanrahan, RMIT University
  • Dr Alan Hill, University of Tasmania
  • Cameron Hindrum, University of Tasmania
  • Dr Steven Hodge, University of Ballarat
  • Dr Eileen Honan, University of Queensland
  • Dr Neil Hooley, Victoria University
  • Anne Houghton, RMIT University
  • Dr Kerry Howells, University of Tasmania
  • Dr Mary Ann Hunter, University of Tasmania
  • Dr Kirsten Hutchison, Deakin University
  • Anita Jetnikoff, Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr Jenny Johnston, Southern Cross University
  • Dr Robbie Johnston, University of Tasmania
  • Jorge Jorquera, Victoria University
  • Dr Jayne Keogh, Griffith University
  • Dr Lisa Kervin, University of Wollongong
  • Assoc Prof Tony Kruger, Victoria University
  • Dr Gloria Latham, RMIT University
  • Anya Latham, RMIT University
  • Assoc Prof Rosie Le Cornu, University of South Australia
  • Dr Lynette Longaretti, RMIT University
  • Dr Pam Macintyre, University of Melbourne
  • Assoc Prof Liz Mackinlay, University of Queensland
  • Dr Amanda McGraw, University of Ballarat
  • Dr Kelli McGraw, Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr Mary-Rose McLaren, Victoria University
  • Jan McLean, University of NSW
  • Dr Jessica Mantei, University of Wollongong
  • Assoc Prof Jackie Manuel, University of Sydney
  • Dr Genee Marks, University of Ballarat
  • Dr Kathy Mills, Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr Paul Molyneux, University of Melbourne Dr Greg Neal, Victoria University
  • Marion Nicolazzo, University of Melbourne
  • Prof Andrea Nolan, Victoria University
  • Dr Joanne O’Mara, Deakin University
  • Dr Kerry-Ann O’Sullivan, Macquarie University
  • Dr Graham Parr, Monash University
  • Dr Rachel Patrick, RMIT University
  • Dr Louise Phillips, University of Queensland
  • Dr Marc Pruyn, Monash University
  • Terri Redpath, Deakin University
  • Prof Alan Reid AM, University of South Australia
  • Dr Kerry Renwick, Victoria University
  • Rowena Riek, Griffith University
  • Roy Rozario, Monash University
  • Kathy Rushton, University of Sydney
  • Susan Rutherford, Monash University
  • Dr Ann Ryan, University of Ballarat
  • Dr Mary Ryan, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bronwyn Ryrie Jones, RMIT University
  • Hon Assoc Ken Searle, University of Sydney
  • Dr Marg Sellers, RMIT University
  • Dr Cheryl Semple, RMIT University
  • Assoc Prof Geoff Shacklock, RMIT University
  • Simon Shaw, University of Tasmania
  • Andrew Skourdoumbis, RMIT University
  • Catherine Smyth, University of Sydney
  • Dr John Smyth, University of Ballarat
  • Prof Alana Snyder, Monash University
  • Bill Spence, University of Sydney
  • Dr Madonna Stinson, Griffith University
  • Elly Thomson, RMIT University
  • Prof Georgina Tsolidis, University of Ballarat
  • Dr Jan Turbill, University of Wollongong
  • Dr Mark Vicars, Victoria University
  • Jo Virgona, RMIT University
  • Dr Jana Visnovska, University of Queensland
  • Dr Mary Weaven, Victoria Univerity Hon Assoc Nadia Wheatley, University of Sydney
  • Lyn Wilkinson, Flinders University
  • Jo Williams, Victoria University
  • Dr Jacqueline Wilson, University of Ballarat
  • Assoc Prof Margaret Zeegers, University of Ballarat
  • Dr Lew Zipin, Victoria University
  • Dr David Zyngier, Monash University