AFA pleased by recommendations of inquiry into senior maths and science

The AFA's submission to the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry into Senior Maths and Science has been vindicated today. The Inquiry's report has been tabled and recommends a return to numerical marking and 50% external standardised tests. View AFA media release.  (Listen to radio interview with inquiry chairperson, Mrs Menkens MP here.)

Queensland parents who have once again received disappointing annual NAPLAN results have been advised to put off moving their kids into New South Wales schools.

“Parents who heard Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek’s optimistic spin last month that Queensland ‘scored well’ in NAPLAN (the National Assessment Programme) were in for a shock when the reports came home this week,” said Mrs Tempe Harvey, spokesperson for the Australian Family Association’s Queensland Branch.
“Our Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 kids are not lacking in intelligence but they do unfortunately attend Queensland schools. Almost every school in the state, public and private, is handicapped by ridiculous guidelines imposed by the Queensland Studies Authority,” she said.

Mrs Harvey said that the QSA was out-dated and opposed evidence-based learning, which explains why Queensland children scored below the national average in all 20 English and maths NAPLAN tests in 2013.
“Parents should at least wait until after Monday before booking into better-performing New South Wales and interstate schools. There is hope that our NAPLAN woes will be overcome if Premier Newman acts swiftly to implement urgent reforms supported by 85% of teachers who gave evidence to a parliamentary inquiry that is due to report on Monday.

“The inquiry into senior maths/science assessment heard calls from senior teachers, academics and parents to bring our schools in line with other states and to fast-track the necessary changes by replacing the failed Queensland Studies Authority as soon as possible.

“This unpopular organisation is stifling schools in ‘Queensland school tape’ that forbids teachers from awarding our kids marks for right and wrong answers, both in senior subjects and in Australian Curriculum Prep to Year 10 subjects,” said Mrs Harvey.

The AFA is calling on State MPs to put an end to Queensland’s 40 year departure from the interstate practice of assessing around 50% of Year 12 work with quality state-wide external subject exams.