School asks mum to exclude daughter from NAPLAN

A MARYBOROUGH mum says she felt she was left with little choice but to exclude her daughter from NAPLAN testing at Maryborough State High School after she received a phone call from the school telling her the tests would be too stressful for her daughter.

The mum, who asked not to be named, said her daughter struggled academically and she felt the school had asked for her exclusion to bolster the its NAPLAN results.

Maryborough high school principal Karen McKinnon rejected the claims, saying specialist teachers had identified students with a level of learning difficulty who "might be susceptible to suffering high anxiety during the testing process".

"Students can only be withdrawn from the testing program by their parent/carer, and this is a matter for consideration by families in consultation with our staff," Ms McKinnon said in a written response to the Chronicle's questions.

"At no stage, has any student at this school been pressured to withdraw from the tests."

The mum said her daughter brought home a note from school and she felt like she had to sign it, but she knew of another mum who had refused to exclude her child and now she wishes she had too.

She said it was disheartening for her daughter to be excluded from taking the tests with the other students.

The mum said excluding students who were struggling would not provide a well-rounded view of how the school was performing, which was the reason the tests existed in the first place.

Ms McKinnon said she encouraged parents to share their concerns with her.

"NAPLAN participation is governed by nationally agreed protocols and Maryborough State High School strictly adheres to these arrangements.

"The NAPLAN protocols stipulate circumstances and processes that apply in relation to student exemption and withdrawal."

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