National Testing in Schools: An Australian assessment, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

National Testing in Schools

An Australian assessment, 1st Edition

Edited by Bob Lingard, Greg Thompson, Sam Sellar


238 pages

Look Inside
Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781138961654
pub: 2015-11-12
Hardback: 9781138961647
pub: 2015-11-24
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315659312
pub: 2015-11-06
from $26.98

FREE Standard Shipping!


Over the last two decades, large-scale national, or provincial, standardised testing has become prominent in the schools of many countries around the globe. National Testing in Schools: An Australian Assessment draws on research to consider the nature of national testing and its multiple effects, including:

  • media responses and constructions such as league tables of performance
  • pressures within school systems and on schools
  • effects on the work and identities of principals and teachers
  • and impacts on the experience of schooling for many young people, including those least advantaged.

Using Australia as the case site for global concerns regarding national testing, this book will be an invaluable companion for education researchers, teacher educators, teacher education students and teachers globally.

Table of Contents

  1. National testing from an Australian perspective

    Bob Lingard, Greg Thompson and Sam Sellar

  2. What national testing data can tell us

    Margaret Wu

  3. The Performative Politics of NAPLAN and MySchool

    Radhika Gorur

  4. Questioning the validity of the multiple uses of NAPLAN data

    Val Klenowski

  5. Local experiences, global similarities: Teacher perceptions of the impacts of national testing

    Greg Thompson

  6. NAPLAN and student wellbeing: teacher perceptions of the impact of NAPLAN on students

    Suzanne Rice, Nicky Dulfer, John Polesel and Clare O’Hanlon

  7. Literacy leadership and accountability: Holding onto ethics in ways that count

    Lyn Kerkham and Barbara Comber

  8. Contesting and ‘capitalising’ on NAPLAN

    Ian Hardy

  9. Understanding the politics of categories in reporting national test results

    Sue Creagh

  10. Students "at risk" and NAPLAN: the "collateral damage"

    J. Joy Cumming, Claire M. Wyatt-Smith and Peta Colbert

  11. NAPLAN, achievement ‘gaps’ and embedding Indigenous perspectives in schooling: Disrupting the ‘decolonial option’

    Greg Vass and Gordon Chalmers

  12. Disadvantaged students’ voices on national testing: The submersion of NAPLAN’s formative potential

    J. Joy Cumming, Claire M. Wyatt-Smith and Peta Colbert

  13. Exploring children’s lived experiences of NAPLAN

    Angelique Howell

  14. NAPLAN and the ‘problem frame’: Exploring representations of NAPLAN in the print media, 2010-2013

    Nicole Mockler

  15. Negotiating with the neighbours: Balancing different accountabilities across a cluster of regional schools

    Marie Brennan, Lew Zipin, Sam Sellar

  16. The life of data: Evolving national testing

    Greg Thompson, Sam Sellar and Bob Lingard

About the Editors

Bob Lingard is a Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Education at The University of Queensland, Australia.

Greg Thompson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Murdoch University, Australia.

Sam Sellar is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Education at The University of Queensland, Australia.

About the Series

Local/Global Issues in Education

This series investigates the interplay between the local and the global in contemporary education policy and practice. While globalisation is transforming local education systems, the local cannot be conceived as homogeneous or passive. Local policy advocates, educators and researchers mediate globalisation by adapting, resisting and amplifying its effects and influences. In this book series, the local perspective taken is from Australia, whose geographical and cultural positioning provides a unique analytical lens through which processes of globalisation in education can be explored and understood. Published in association by the Australian Association for Research in Education, this series includes high-quality empirical, theoretical and conceptual work that uses a range of qualitative and quantitative methods to address contemporary challenges in education.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General