Expert Urges to Introduce NAPLAN Axing

One of Australia's top educationalists is reported to have urged for implementing national literacy tests and the My School website.

The call emerged following an inquiry shed light on stern and improved implementation of the $14.1 billion schools halls program for triggering the economy.

Both the program and website needs to get done away with, pointed Professor Brian Caldwell, a former dean of education at the University of Melbourne in an investigation by the Senate into National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).

"(They) give parents, teachers and the community unprecedented information about their child's education and the school they attend", a spokesman for federal schools minister Peter Garrett.

A survey involving a sample of students is claimed to be sufficient to produce national information, instead of performing tests on all students, Prof Caldwell said. He further added that one of the vital issues with NAPLAN was the void between testing in May and the release of the results in December, which mirrored that the teachers could not pose an action on the data in an orderly manner.

However, the opposition has argued that government has failed to properly manage the program, including cost blowouts and significantly high management fees.

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