The Australian Twin-Study of the NAPLAN

Twins at a desk

Overview

This project is the first longitudinal study of the genetic and environmental influences on variability in the Australia-wide NAPLAN scores (National Assessment Program: Literacy and Numeracy, assessed at grades 3, 5, 7 and 9.  These NAPLAN tests are designed by educational authorities, are objective, and have been administered Australia-wide since 2008, and are unquestionably the most valuable national database on school achievement available.  Our ongoing twin analyses of these data are providing a more solid base for public policy debates on educational policy and practice.

Funding

Since the project commenced in 2012, it has been funded by two Discovery grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC), and a postdoctoral fellowship from the University of New England (UNE).

Investigators

The initial team, assembled in 2011, comprised:

Dr William Coventry

School of Psychology, University of New England

Professor Brian ByrneSchool of Psychology, University of New England
Professor Richard OlsonPsychology, University of University of Colorado

They were later joined by:

Dr Katrina Grasby

School of Psychology, University of New England

Mrs Sally LarsenSchool of Psychology, University of New England

Dr Callie Little

School of Psychology, University of New England

Contact

Are you interested in PhD research on the project?

We welcome students who might interested in pursuing a PhD on these data to please contact Dr William Coventry or any of the other above-mentioned staff of the project.

We also wish to add suitably qualified PhD students to the project at this time.

Dr William Coventry

Phone: +61 2 6773 2846
Email: william.coventry@une.edu.au