Released 20/03/2020

Today, Australian Education Ministers agreed that NAPLAN testing will not proceed in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I welcome and support this sensible decision. This decision was made amid the challenges facing students, their families and teachers across the country.

Additionally, Education Ministers agreed it would be very difficult to undertake the NAPLAN tests and for the centralised marking centres to operate, as well as the higher than normal number of students expected to be unavailable to undertake the test.

Not proceeding with NAPLAN this year will be of great relief to the operation of schools in facilitating NAPLAN testing at this time -- importantly for teachers on the frontline every day..

Under the most challenging of circumstances, our teachers are showing up every day to continue educating our students. I am grateful for their commitment to students as always.

The decision not to proceed with NAPLAN in May also means the Coordinated Practice Test scheduled for next week will not go ahead.

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