Media Release

11 April 2018

Smith: Labor moves to weaken education standards

Wednesday 11 April 2018

Labor moves to weaken education standards

Reports today that Daniel Andrews and James Merlino want to dumb down NAPLAN testing is code for the government looking to weaken standards when it comes to literacy and numeracy.

Despite the Andrews Labor Government being handed billions of dollars in additional funding for education, NAPLAN results for literacy and numeracy are flat-lining under Daniel Andrews, when we should be seeing significant improvements in students’ literacy and numeracy skills.

Now it looks like Daniel Andrews and James Merlino want to change the NAPLAN test to cover up their failings in education.

Labor failed to meet seven out of nine of its so called ‘Education State’ targets, set to measure student outcomes in a range of areas, some based on NAPLAN data.

Parents need the NAPLAN tests to continue, and to be rigorous, so we can keep benchmarking literacy and numeracy standards in Victorian schools.

The Andrews Labor Government wants to avoid scrutiny and accountability for the way they teach Victorian children the basic building blocks for a successful life – sound literacy and numeracy.

No wonder only 51.7% of Victorian parents trust the so called “Education State” under James Merlino and Daniel Andrews.