Sunday, June 08, 2008

Julia Gillard and Labor State Government failures

Parents will not find out the results of how their children performed in this year’s national literacy and numeracy (NAPLAN) tests until the end of the school year, Senate Estimates has revealed this week. Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training, Tony Smith, said the whole reason the former Coalition Government introduced the tests for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students was so parents could have information about how their child was performing in a timely fashion. “Students sat these tests in May, but parents won’t find out the results until term four this year,” Mr Smith said. “It is ridiculous that parents and teachers won’t know if a child is struggling until they are just about to progress into the next year. “This means we could be sending some students into the next school year without picking up they are functionally illiterate.” Mr Smith said the tests were introduced by the Coalition Government so results could be given back to parents within a matter of weeks and they could then get extra help for their kids through the $700 tutorial vouchers. Read more here ...

Why the delay in releasing the results? Said Mr Smith, "Julia Gillard should stop being an apologist for state Labor government educational failures and put the interests of parents and students first."

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