Supporting the independent education community

IEU welcomes removal of NAPLAN/HSC link

The IEU has cautiously welcomed the decision by NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes to rethink the link between NAPLAN results and the award of the HSC.

The IEU has been lobbying for change for a considerable time and just yesterday called for action (see media release 21 February).

However, IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary John Quessy said the union wants to find out more about the online testing regime required for students to be admitted to the HSC.

“Acknowledging that NAPLAN is a diagnostic test with the purpose of helping teachers assist and guide students’ learning is the right approach,” Quessy said.

“However, additional online tests could cause more stress to students and more workload for teachers and distract from HSC studies.

“We are awaiting more information from the department about what these tests will look like.

“What will be the benchmark used for these tests, how are they administered?

“At this stage we have concerns that the relevance and integrity of the HSC as a school exit credential is not compromised.”