A national maths and english test without a national curriculum?
And? I'm no fan of the idea of a national curriculum but I don't really see the harm of states and schools being assessed against a nationalised set of standards.
A test you can't study for unlike the TEE end of school exams
Apples and oranges. TEE exams (nobody else calls it that but WA I think) are state exams designed to comprehensively assess students on completion of senior secondary courses and generate a standardised mark for the purposes of university admissions (note that they are two seperate things fulfilled by the one test). The nationalised tests are simple assessments designed to test basic skills on a national basis. If you could actively study for it then there'd be too much bias towards schools and individuals who prepare a lot for the exam, which is obviously not the point.
Are these tests just a statistical fluke?
Does this sentence actually mean anything?
Is it just propaganda?
If you're going to contend it's propoganda you'd have to demonstrate that it's biased in some way to support some agenda. Proceed.
Do some schools spend weeks and weeks focusing on making the school look good, while other schools generally deliver well rounded education.
Huge false dichotomy. Oh and by the way I thought you couldn't study for this exam?
My mum has also said the results of these tests are rarely equivalent to their marks in Maths and English at school. Im a sceptic.
Results on a national test different to internal school results? Isn't that kind of the point? Isn't that why for all year 12 exams (TEE, HSC, VEE, whatever) we have state-based scaling?
Individual schools have individual standards. This is a good thing. It doesn't mean that those individual standards have to be imposed on state-based and national-based assessments. If national tests came up with the same results as internal school assessments that's when you would be suspicious of cooking the books.