NAPTOSA Gauteng News Flash 44 of 2015: NAPTOSA Position on the 2015 Annual National Assessments (ANA)

(The statement below was issued by the NAPTOSA Executive Director, Mr Henry Hendricks, on Friday, 4 September 2015.)

The ANA was conceptualised following the poor learner performance in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science (TIMMS), as well as the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring
Educational Quality (SACMEQ) studies. NAPTOSA at the time embraced the intention of a “home-grown” diagnostic testing system for selected grades. However, the ANA is no longer a diagnostic systemic evaluation
tool, but has evolved into a content based test with results being used to “label and punish” schools and districts in relation to performance. This labelling has changed the way in which schools and teachers perceive
the ANA.

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