Over the last two decades, large-scale national, or provincial, standardised testing has become prominent in the schools of many countries around the globe. National Testing in Schools: An Australian Assessment draws on research to consider the nature of national testing and its multiple effects, including:

  • media responses and constructions such as league tables of performance
  • pressures within school systems and on schools
  • effects on the work and identities of principals and teachers
  • and impacts on the experience of schooling for many young people, including those least advantaged.

Using Australia as the case site for global concerns regarding national testing, this book will be an invaluable companion for education researchers, teacher educators, teacher education students and teachers globally.

chapter 5|15 pages

Local Experiences, Global Similarities

Teacher perceptions of the impacts of national testing

chapter 6|14 pages

NAPLAN and Student Wellbeing

Teacher perceptions of the impact of NAPLAN on students

chapter 7|12 pages

Literacy Leadership and Accountability Practices

Holding onto ethics in ways that count

chapter 8|12 pages

Contesting and Capitalising on NAPLAN

chapter 10|13 pages

Students at Risk and NAPLAN

The collateral damage 1

chapter 11|13 pages

NAPLAN, Achievement Gaps and Embedding Indigenous Perspectives in Schooling

Disrupting the decolonial option

chapter 12|12 pages

Disadvantaged Students' Voices on National Testing

The submersion of NAPLAN's formative potential

chapter 14|18 pages

NAPLAN and the Problem Frame

Exploring representations of NAPLAN in the print media, 2010 and 2013

chapter 15|13 pages

Negotiating with the Neighbours

Balancing different accountabilities across a cluster of regional schools

chapter 16|18 pages

The Life of Data

Evolving national testing