Angela Hudson encourages learning through curiosity with Annabelle, Lewis, Elijah, Raiden and Lacey.
Angela Hudson encourages learning through curiosity with Annabelle, Lewis, Elijah, Raiden and Lacey. Ashley Pillhofer

Judging kids writing skills based on NAPLAN 'unfair'

JUDGING the writing ability of children based on a standardised test taken at a single point in time is unfair, according to a Mackay mum behind a new independent school initiative.

Angela Hudson, who is a registered teacher, said it was scary when NAPLAN data was discussed based on the plummeting writing skills of young Queenslanders.

"That sounds so scary, that Queensland's writing is so terrible, I don't think it's fair to say that after one point-in-time test that Queensland kids can't write. That seems like such a dramatic statement to me," she said.

"A lot of money goes into NAPLAN, it's a point-in-time test of a very specific, narrow range of skills.

"All the training and preparation that you do in class hinges around the technical aspect of writing.

"It doesn't measure things like passion, and creativity, and those important aspects that any visiting author I've spoken to says is the important part of writing."

Ms Hudson's comments come as the latest NAPLAN data reveals writing scores across Queensland have continued to plummet.

The dismal results have sparked renewed calls from State Education Minister Grace Grace for a national review of the ten-year-old standardised test.

Ms Hudson and her team are working to open an independent school in Mackay that draws on alternative pedagogy.

The school will draw inspiration from Montessori, Steiner and Nature Play teaching styles, among others.

The team behind the school is currently working through the relevant "bureaucratic" paperwork to make the facility a reality.



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