(from left) Lachlan Moore, Ashleigh Browne and Julia Walker are sitting their Year 7 NAPLAN this week.
(from left) Lachlan Moore, Ashleigh Browne and Julia Walker are sitting their Year 7 NAPLAN this week. Georja Ryan

Testing time for students

WHILE some parents across the state are boycotting their children's NAPLAN testing and pulling them out of class this week, Warwick parents are quite the opposite.

A Daily News Facebook survey showed the majority of respondents were happy to have their child sit the exams, saying they didn't find it too stressful on the youngsters.

"My kids seem to enjoy the challenge, so no, I don't think (it's too stressful)," Warwick mother Kaleena Marriott said.

"I had one itching to get to school ASAP today as she was excited and I had one doing the test last year too and he thoroughly enjoyed the bigger challenge."

So why have NAPLAN exams become frowned upon by some parents and teachers?

Members of Say No to NAPLAN, a group formed by the Literacy Educators Coalition, have deemed the exams far too stressful for students and encouraged parents to keep their kids at home for the duration of the testing.

Warwick East State School Year 7 student Julia Walker said she was not bothered by the exams and didn't find it any more stressful than other school work.

"It's all right, I don't get stressed out because it's just like any other school exam," Julia said.

Warwick East principal Warren Elder said he had never had a problem with students sitting the exam.

"The overall impression (from yesterday's exams) was that they found the tests reasonable and fair," Mr Elder said.

"I believe they generally handle it well; they're used to doing tests."

Education Queensland regional director for Darling Downs and South West Queensland Greg Dickman said the testing was important for each students' ongoing development.

"The Department and schools are committed to ensuring each and every student has the literacy and numeracy skills they need to meet the challenges of the 21st century," Mr Dickman said.



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