Major Qld school tests scrapped amid virus

Michael Doyle

Major testing in Queensland schools has been scrapped this year due to the coronavirus threat.

The state's education minister Grace Grace on Friday says time and effort needs to be placed into preparing for a potential closing down of schools.

While NAPLAN testing will not proceed, the government says at this stage their health advice is that state schools remain open.

"The valuable time of our school leaders, teachers and support staff should be spent either providing continuity of learning for our students or preparing to deliver possible curriculum at home,' Ms Grace said.

"The expert health advice of chief health and medical officers remains that schools should remain open."

NAPLAN testing was scheduled to take place from May 12-22.

The decision has been welcomed by the Queensland Catholic Education Commission.

"Given the uncertainty around the impacts of COVID-19, schools need to be able to plan for a range of contingencies and to keep their focus on teaching and learning," executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry said.