NAPLAN survey not 'particularly helpful': Garrett

A UNIVERSITY of Melbourne survey has found pressures caused by National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy testing are causing sleeplessness and vomiting among some students.

More than 8000 teachers and principals were surveyed as part of the study, the first national examination of NAPLAN since its introduction four years ago.

Other than the effects on students, the survey showed some teachers were testing students five months out from the NAPLAN exams.

NAPLAN is held annually and tests the literacy and numeracy of all students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9.

Education Minister Peter Garrett told ABC TV the survey was not "particularly helpful".

"And it's certainly not a wide survey. It's about 3% of union members. It's a self-selecting survey for people to put in their views about NAPLAN," Mr Garrett said.

"Whenever I go to schools around Australia - I talk to parents, I talk to teachers and I talk to kids about NAPLAN - that's not the message I'm getting. So I think this survey is of extremely limited value."

Opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne said a Coalition government would review the NAPLAN process.

"I am concerned about the publication of the NAPLAN results because NAPLAN is an important diagnostic tool but the publication of it puts stress on teachers that is unnecessary, so we'll look at that," Mr Pyne said.


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