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Inquiry into Standardised Testing in ACT Schools

The Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs invites submissions to its Inquiry into Standardised Testing in ACT Schools.

Written submissions should be lodged with the Committee Secretary by close of business on Monday 30 July 2018.

The Committee prefers all submissions to be lodged in electronic form (Word format), although handwritten submissions are acceptable. All submissions, including those sent electronically, must include a name, an email address, a postal address and a telephone contact number. Personal contact details will not be published.

Submissions should be forwarded to:

  • The Committee Secretary, Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs, Legislative Assembly for the ACT, GPO Box 1020, CANBERRA ACT 2601.
  • Email:

For further information on how to lodge a submission is available at:

The Committee intends to hold public hearings in September 2018 to assist the Inquiry. Please indicate in your written submission if you would like to appear before the Committee. Please be aware that the final witness selection rests with the Committee.

For any further enquiries, please contact the Committee Secretary on (02) 6205 0435 or by email at:


Inquiry into Standardised Testing in ACT Schools

The Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs shall consider the following matters:

1. The use of Standardised testing in ACT Schools, including but not limited to:

a. The purpose of standardised testing.

b. The current use of standardised tests including;

i. National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).

ii. Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

iii. Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

iv. Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (PIPS).

v. Any other relevant standardised assessment models.

c. Alternate forms of assessment and reporting (such as A-E reporting).

d. How test results are used to inform teaching on an individual basis and as a cohort.

e. The amount of time devoted to preparing for and conducting these assessments.

f. The impact on student wellbeing and mental health.

g. The effect on teacher morale and professional autonomy.

h. The efficacy of current testing materials.

i. The cost of standardised testing.

2. The ACT’s performance in standardised testing, including but not limited to:

a. The level of achievement of ACT schools compared to similar counterparts nationally and internationally.

b. The long term trend of performance in the ACT.

c. How the ACT Education Directorate uses test data to inform policy and teaching principles.

d. The measurement of learning gains in ACT schools.

e. How standardised testing results inform school enrolment decisions.

3. The Committee will also consider the ACT Auditor General’s report No.4/2017, Performance information in ACT public schools as part of its inquiry.

4. Any other relevant matter.

01. Submission - Name Withheld PDF (282.3 KB)
02. Submission - Name Withheld PDF (546.5 KB)
03. Submission - Australian Education Union (AEU) ACT PDF (533.5 KB)
03a. AEU - Summary of results from AEU ACT Member Survey PDF (69.6 KB)
03b. AEU - Final NAPLAN and My School Survey Results PDF (435.1 KB)
04. Submission - Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT) PDF (840.6 KB)
04a. AISACT - Attachment A - The ACT Teachers’ Guide to Assessment (updated 2016) PDF (641.8 KB)
04b. AISACT - Attachment B - Student NAPLAN Experience Survey Daramalan College, Semester 1, 2018 PDF (686.1 KB)
05. Submission - ACT Principals Association PDF (406.7 KB)
06. Submission - Anna Chrysostomou PDF (274.3 KB)
07. Submission - Canberra Montessori PDF (612.1 KB)
08. Submission - ACT Council of Parents & Citizens Associations PDF (699.7 KB)
09. Submission - Dr Mark Drummond PDF (1.0 MB)
10. Submission - Mr David Francis PDF (363.9 KB)
11. Submission - Not for Publication PDF (201.0 KB)
12. Submission - Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development PDF (796.8 KB)

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Public Hearings:

11 September 2018 at 9.30am - 11.00am

14 September 2018 at 1:30pm - 3:30pm

24 September 2018 at 2:00pm - 3:30pm

25 September 2018 at 9.30am - 12.30pm

2 October 2018 at 9:30am - 10:30am


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