The State School Teachers’ Union of WA says members will join a national boycott of next month’s NAPLAN tests for numeracy and literacy.
The Union President Anne Gisborne says the Federal Education Minister Julia Gillard has refused to address Australian teachers concerns about the publication of school league tables.
Ms Gisborne says the only way the tests will go ahead is if the Education Minister agrees to not publish the data collected from the tests.
“There is still opportunity for the Minister Julia Gillard to come to the table and have a discussion with respect to our concerns.”
Ms Gillard has condemned the Australian Education Union’s decision.
She says it is a selfish move and is appealing to public school teachers to ignore the order.
“I’ll be saying to teachers stay the course, stay with the national testing.
“I’m saying to the Australian Education Union it’s made the wrong decision. As Minister for Education I’m in the process of canvassing all options to ensure that the national testing rolls out as scheduled.”