Tasmanian teachers are resisting pressure to drop a planned boycott of national literacy and numeracy testing. The Australian Education Union fears the data may be misused to students' detriment, and has placed a moratorium on "NAPLAN" testing scheduled for later this month. The union is at loggerheads with Julia Gillard, the federal Education Minister, who is urging other states to follow Western Australia after a ruling in the Industrial Commission there led to teachers agreeing to the tests.
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