Stepping up: Helen Waldon will supervise her daughters, Jessica and Shannan’s tests if teachers won’t.
Stepping up: Helen Waldon will supervise her daughters, Jessica and Shannan’s tests if teachers won’t.

I'd be a teacher for a day: mum

IF the teachers aren’t willing, then Helen Waldon is happy to step into the role of a supervising teacher so her children can be tested against other pupils across Australia.

Mrs Waldon has two children, in Year 3 and 5 at St Joseph’s School in Stanthorpe, who are both due to sit next month’s National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests.

“I am all for the tests and if the teachers don’t do it I would be happy to supervise,” she told the Daily News yesterday.

The Australian Education Union (AEU) yesterday voted to boycott the national tests over what it says are Federal Government plans to “name and shame” schools with the results.

Education Minister Julia Gillard has condemned the union’s move as a “selfish” bid to impose its ideology on parents and students and asking parents to supervise the tests on May 11 to 13 was a consideration if teachers would not.

Mrs Waldon said she did not think Southern Downs and Granite Belt parents supervising the tests instead of teachers would make “any difference whatsoever” in terms of pupils performing to the best of their ability.

“Parents volunteer with group reading and all different things. I don’t think it would be any different in an exam,” she said.

“NAPLAN tests are important for children’s education and important for schools.”

AEU Federal president Angelo Gavrielatos said the decision meant the national tests would not go ahead in May unless the Federal Government addressed the concerns of the profession about the misuse of student data to name and shame schools.

Mr Gavrielatos said it was disappointing the Federal Government had so far rejected the AEU’s plan to stop league tables and improve the My School website so it would provide more accurate and comprehensive information to parents.

The union said the government proposed to use the data on its My School website in a way which would mislead parents.

What do you think of the NAPLAN tests? Send an email to editor@warwickdailynews.com.au or call us on 4660 1316.

–Additional reporting AAP



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