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Too many adjectives, not enough ideas: How NAPLAN forces us to teach bad writing

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posted on 2020-09-01, 00:00 authored by Lucinda McKnightLucinda McKnight
A report of a review of NAPLAN released in recent days cited the writing part of the test to be the most problematic. The report noted the NAPLAN […] has led to formulaic writing in students’ responses to the prompt and, as a further unintended consequence, to formulaic teaching of writing in some schools as they seek to prepare students for the NAPLAN writing test. My research looked at how the pressure of teaching to the test affects teaching of writing. Teachers told me formulaic approaches to teaching writing could harm students’ capacity to express themselves.

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This article reports on a research project conducted in 2018-2019.

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