TESTING YEAR 1 STUDENTS
Testing is a part of school life, and teachers have no problem with testing per se. Phonics is a strategy used alongside others to successfully teach children how to read and write. Once again, the Commonwealth Government, under the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull and Simon Birmingham, have overreached by trying to withhold funding from cash-poor state and territory governments that do not impose a Year 1 national standardised phonics test on our 6-year-old students.
schools. The proposal for a national phonics test for Year 1s has been recommended by a right-wing think tank based on a model used in England, where student results are significantly below ours. Indeed, research found that the test was no more accurate than a teacher's judgement in identifying children with reading difficulties and stated that teachers needed more support to assist struggling students.
The NAPLAN tests have been in place for ten years with virtually no demonstrated improvement. Tests in and of themselves do not improve student outcomes. As the AEU has said for a decade, fattening a pig is more important than repeatedly weighing it, and no amount of testing will compensate for the Commonwealth Government's cuts to public
Once again, the Commonwealth Government has chosen the wrong setting to emulate. This idea has not been requested by teachers, but there is an attempt to impose it on us. The ACT Education Minister is supportive of our position. Our resolve as a union to resist more standardised tests is absolute, and we will prevail.
FUNDING OF ACT SCHOOLS 143.3%
BURGMANN ANGLICAN SCHOOL
CATHOLIC SYSTEMIC SCHOOLS
ACT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
T UDEN T S 100% URCE RESO ARD D STAN ) (SRS
AEU ACT BRANCH
*Based on the Federal Education Departmentâ€™s 2018 funding figures.