Journal article

The impact of national standardized literacy and numeracy testing on children and teaching staff in remote Australian Indigenous communities

S Macqueen, U Knoch, G Wigglesworth, R Nordlinger, R Singer, T McNamara, R Brickle

Language Testing | Sage Publications | Published : 2019


All educational testing is intended to have consequences, which are assumed to be beneficial, but tests may also have unintended, negative consequences (Messick, 1989). The issue is particularly important in the case of large-scale standardized tests, such as Australia’s National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), the intended benefits of which are increased accountability and improved educational outcomes. The NAPLAN purpose is comparable to that of other state and national ‘core skills’ testing programs, which evaluate cross-sections of populations in order to compare results between population sub-groupings. Such comparisons underpin ‘accountability’ in the era of popula..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The Collier Charitable Fund and the Office of the Vice Chancellor and the Faculty of Arts (University of Melbourne).