Results may impact on future funds

STUDENTS’ NAPLAN results could soon play a bigger role in determining how much money is given to Victorian schools.

STUDENTS’ NAPLAN results could soon play a bigger role in determining how much money is given to Victorian schools.

The Victorian Government is considering using the national literacy and numeracy test results, as well as measures of social disadvantage, to improve the way it allocates education funding.

A spokesman for Education Minister James Merlino said the government was conducting consultations and examining all options, including a proposal “outlining mechanisms to better target school funding to need”.

“These mechanisms include measures of student attainment, such as NAPLAN, and measures of social disadvantage,” Mr Merlino said.

The State Government has appointed former premier Steve Bracks to head a review of school funding, which will examine arrangements beyond 2017 and be completed by the end of this year.

In a recent bulletin to its members, the Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals said it appeared that students’ year 5 NAPLAN results could be used to determine the allocation of additional “equity funding” for high schools in 2016.

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