Lots of people fear NAPLAN is doing our kids no good turning classrooms into places of rote learning rather than teaching through discovery and more creative methods, without instilling anxiety in our little ones the way NAPLAN does. 

NSW ministers and major players in education policy have been using the word "progression" as calls for NAPLAN’s abolition grab the headlines. But we hear that ALAN the new plan they have in store is worse. It will provide hours upon hours of data entry for teachers and it's more of the same apparently. 

Last month a study was released that said NAPLAN’s writing assessment was making Australian students bad writers by promoting "low-level mechanical skills", adding "The NAPLAN essay is severely defective in both its design and execution,"

What are your thoughts on NAPLAN? How could they make it better?