My SIL told me today she got a bill for $40 for each of her girls to take the year 7 NAPLAN test , her girls are at a private school and never had to pay it at their public primary school so is it normal in high school to pay or is it just this school!
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03-05-2015 18:57 #1
Did you have to pay for the NAPLAN test?
03-05-2015 19:10 #2
That is ridiculous! I would be refusing to pay or else exempting my child from the test. I have never heard anything like it.
Was it definitely the NAPLAN or was it something called PAT-M/PAT-R? Because I know that we are only funded to administer that test once but we do it twice a year and wear the cost of the second test.
03-05-2015 19:14 #3
No, not normal at the private school where I worked - could be the test harvs mentioned. Sometimes there are extra maths, science, etc competitions through the universities but they used to be cheaper than that.
03-05-2015 19:16 #4
03-05-2015 19:21 #5
Nope never paid. Seems more than a bit suss.
03-05-2015 19:22 #6
That is bizarre. I teach in a private school and we never charged for naplan. Im not 100% but am pretty sure the school does not pay any money to do naplan - it is a government led thing that is compulsory for schools to do, so the government pays -both public and private schools. I dont know why the school would be asking for money for something they get for free?! Perhaps are they asking for $$ so they can buy & do practice tests? Or are you SURE its not another standardised test? A friend of mine swore her kids were doing naplan in reception, it turned out in tje end they were doing a waddington test, lol. Totally different thing, &there are heaps of different standardised tests and competitions etc that schools could enter into. If it is a naplan-related cost, i woulx be interested in what the school is actually charging for. Maybe extra staff to observe or something? So unusual!
03-05-2015 19:23 #7
I just did some digging for you. It says the test is $45 per student to administer and it's up to the education bodies in each state to decide how to fund it.
So it's possible the school was being charged and they don't want to wear the costs. I would argue that private school fees, compulsory 'donations' and the like would more than cover it.
I am biased because I am intensely anti-NAPLAN but no, there would be no impact to the girls. It shouldn't be used as an isolated assessment tool within the classroom and their teachers should be able to provide evidence of how they are travelling without referring to the test at all.
If they really can't cope with that they could always download last year's test from the website and do it for HW if they want to use it as evidence.
The only thing I can think of is some private schools examine a child's NAPLAN results before accepting them as a student, so that may impact their high school?
03-05-2015 19:23 #8
That is not normal. I've never heard of anyone paying for it.
03-05-2015 19:39 #9
She asked me to ask my other friends with kids at private schools if they were charged and they all said no so Yeh maybe it's just this school trying to get the extra $? I thought the test was a state thing they make all the schools do so I thought it was odd they charge the parents to do it
03-05-2015 19:42 #10
Sorry I forgot they were already at high school.
Yep I wouldn't be paying for that and would exempt my children on philosophical grounds. Or keep them home those days.
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