NAPLAN, and indeed traditional institutionalised mass exam-testing more broadly, continues to come under scrutiny. In this Sydney Morning Herald article, Emeritus Professor Patrick Griffen proposes that a review of NAPLAN needs to go further than just changing the test.
The review of NAPLAN needs to do more than merely change testing.
It needs to steer assessment, teaching and curriculum into the 21st century and accept that education and work life are inextricably linked.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is taking place now via intelligent robots, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and changes in social, industrial and education lives. The implications of these changes need to be learned and assessed, but not through standardised testing.
Yet we persist with centuries old methods such as multiple choice or lookalike tasks, doing the same thing repeatedly, expecting to see change.