Students to stick with pens
QUEENSLAND schools will not be undertaking the NAPLAN tests online this year, making it the only state sticking with traditional testing methods.
Over 130 schools were due to take part in the online testing next month, including over 60 state schools, but the Queensland Government have withdrawn them from the program.
Education Minister Kate Jones has told The Courier-Mail she didn't think the program was ready for use, with her department finding problems with the online system.
"I have always said that I could not commit Queensland students to participate in the online NAPLAN tests if they were not ready,” Ms Jones said.
"I simply cannot commit to a system that might disadvantage our students.
"We need to be 100% certain that the online tests are good to go.”
State Member for Condamine Pat Weir said that it's not acceptable Queensland won't be participating, and laid the blame square at the feet of the Education Minister.
"It's absolutely embarrassing and a disgrace of Kate Jones,” Mr Weir said.
"It's another bungle, Labor have proved they are good at this.
"Kate Jones said we were going to be online now and we're not, it's just another technology bungle by Labor.”
Mr Weir said the government has had plenty of time to prepare for the roll out of online testing, and their failure to deliver what was required didn't surprise him.
"The work started in 2015 and only about 6% of the 100 or so schools are ready, and they've spent half of the budget.
"You look at what they've done with the health payroll and the trains in Brisbane, they just can't deliver anything.”
Despite the setback, NAPLAN tests will still be carried out in all schools with pen and paper.
It is unknown how many schools in the Western Downs region were meant to be apart of the online testing.