after rehearsals for new literacy, numeracy tests
James Cook High School principal Grant McMillan said he hoped the Qualifications Authority would change the tests because the initial feedback indicated they were too difficult.
"If what we have in front of us right now is what is actually introduced in the future, they will be too hard both in terms of the design of the assessment, the level some of it is pitched at, the fact that you need to spend so much time in words when you're supposed to be working in mathematics, and some of the mechanical aspects," he said.
"The literacy, which is both reading and then writing online, tries to jam a lot of content into a smallish time space and parts of it appear to be at a higher level than what the curriculum currently expects."
McMillan said he was pleased the government had decided to postpone the tests' introduction to 2024, but he was disappointed they would be available only twice a year rather than when students were ready to do them.