Teachers stood down over NAPLAN tests

One teacher was suspended last week, and now SA Education Minister Jay Weatherill says two others have been removed from their duties.

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“The two staff involved have been stood down pending investigations into the matters,” Mr Weatherill said.

“The information we have at the moment is that the alleged conduct affected one NAPLAN test involving two composite Year 3 and 4 classes.”

Mr Weatherill says the latest claims of improper conduct centre on Elizabeth Vale Primary School and Rostrevor College, both in Adelaide.

‘No widespread problems’

Despite three teachers being investigated, Mr Weatherill said there was nothing to suggest there were widespread problems with the testing.

“It’s disappointing that two further incidents have arisen, but the fact that they’ve come to light has allowed us to deal with this conduct and remedy any effect on the testing,” he said.

Last week a teacher was stood down after it was found she had altered the NAPLAN test answers of 24 Year 7 children at St Leonards Primary School in Adelaide’s Glenelg North.

At Elizabeth Vale Primary School, a teacher allegedly offered inappropriate help to students during the tests. The teacher denies the allegation.

There are claims the teacher discussed with a Year 5 class the topic for the NAPLAN narrative writing exercise before they sat the test.

Students forced to resit tests

The SA director of Catholic Education Jane Swift said in a statement she was confident that Rostrevor College was managing the situation with professionalism and rigour, with the appropriate concern for the integrity of the NAPLAN testing and for the welfare of all involved.

The affected students will have to resit the tests.

More than one million Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students have completed three days of NAPLAN testing, which began last Tuesday after teachers called off a threatened boycott of the controversial examinations.

They were concerned the tests, which will be used to provide information for Labor’s My School website, would lead to the creation of so-called league tables that rank schools and shame the ones that are struggling.

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