naplan.jpg Teachers in different states of Australia are resisting attempts by their governments to bully them into administrering the NAPLAN tests Teachers in Western Australia have been threatened with fines if they do not carry out the test. Below is a report from the Australian Education Union: However, the WA State School Teachers Union said yesterday teachers would not back down, despite a written warning from the state Education Department instructing them to comply or face disciplinary action, including fines and loss of pay. And in NSW, the Industrial Relations Commission has ordered the NSW Teachers Federation to attend a hearing today after the state government called in lawyers to try to stop the teachers' boycott over the government's My School website. Queensland, meanwhile, is strongly opposing Julia Gillard's bid to use parents as strike-breakers during the boycott. The Australian Education Union has ordered teachers not to hand out the NAPLAN tests, which form the basis of the My School website, which compares schools' academic outcomes. The federal government is adamant the tests for students in years 3, 5 and 7 will go ahead, with or without teachers. Ms Gillard, the Education Minister, will meet her state counterparts tomorrow with the message the government will do ``whatever is necessary''. ``I'll be discussing the options each state and territory is working through to ensure the tests go ahead,'' Ms Gillard said. ``States will deal with the issues differently but the most important thing is that students are able to do the tests.'' NSW Teachers Federation president Bob Lipscombe said the union would decide its strategy this morning. However, a spokesman for NSW Education Minister Verity Firth said she had made it clear last week that the NSW government would take action to ensure the tests went ahead in the state's public schools. West Australian Education Department director-general Sharyn O'Neil said teachers who refused to conduct the tests would be engaging in unlawful industrial action. ``I'm bound therefore to act and there will be a sanction. We don't feel that we're inflaming it; we're making it very clear, as we've done previously, our expectations of teachers,'' Ms O'Neil said. The rising tensions over the numeracy and literacy tests have alarmed parents, who yesterday called for ``cool heads''. Queensland parents, teachers and the state's Education Minister are opposed to parents being the ``meat in the sandwich'' between the government and unions. Yesterday, Queensland Education Minister Geoff Wilson called on unions to stop their industrial action and said it was not ideal for parents to be involved. He said the government was investigating all options, including recruiting independent supervisors, and hoped an agreement could be reached before the ministerial council between states and the commonwealth tomorrow. Queensland P&C Association president Margaret Black said it was inappropriate for parents to supervise their children's testing.