Test rewards students for using big words rather than simple language, Les Perelman finds

The Naplan writing test is “bizarre” and rewards students for using big words rather than clear expression, an international education expert has said.

In a report commissioned by the New South Wales Teachers Federation, Les Perelman, a retired professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found the test placed too much emphasis on spelling, punctuation, grammar and paragraphing at the expense of “higher order writing skills”.

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