The performative politics of NAPLAN and Myschool

Gorur, Radhika 2016, The performative politics of NAPLAN and Myschool. In Lingard, Bob, Thompson, Greg and Sellar, Sam (ed), National testing in schools: an Australian assessment, Routledge, Abingdon, Eng., pp.30-43, doi: 10.4324/9781315659312.

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Title The performative politics of NAPLAN and Myschool
Author(s) Gorur, RadhikaORCID iD for Gorur, Radhika
Title of book National testing in schools: an Australian assessment
Editor(s) Lingard, Bob
Thompson, Greg
Sellar, Sam
Publication date 2016
Chapter number 3
Total chapters 16
Start page 30
End page 43
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication Abingdon, Eng.
Keyword(s) NAPLAN
NAPLAN results
MySchool website
National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy
Summary From the moment Australia’s newly elected Labor government announced in 2008 its intention to introduce a national assessment scheme for Australian schools, and to publish the results of these assessments on a public website, it courted controversy. The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and the MySchool website were introduced as part of the new government’s ‘transparency agenda’ and have been widely discussed and debated. NAPLAN is seen not only as an assessment of students, but also of the schools they attend. On the MySchool website, all of Australia’s nearly 10,000 government and non-government schools that receive government funding are required to present a range of information, including their NAPLAN results. The results are displayed in a comparative format, against the results of 59 other similar schools, as well as against its own past performance. Only selective special purpose schools are exempt from reporting their NAPLAN results.
ISBN 9781317333678
Language eng
DOI 10.4324/9781315659312
Field of Research 130199 Education Systems not elsewhere classified
160506 Education Policy
Socio Economic Objective 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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