I do not know a single educator who loves standardised testing. NAPLAN, of course, like the HSC, is a standardised test. Mind you, NAPLAN (unlike the HSC) was not designed as a standardised test, it was originally a diagnostic test (the kind of test educators do support). A diagnostic test does not pit student against student, school against school or state against state. It is designed to be used by teachers so they can see where their students are at and who they need to give extra support.
I do know some education researchers who love NAPLAN and the MySchool website because it is a treasure trove of data. Data which has led to much of the return to public schools, particularly in middle class areas, (but that is another story.)
The English speaking world’s obsession with standardised testing indicates something very important about our changing attitudes to education. Standardising inputs and equipment is the sort of thing we do in factories because it makes mass production cheaper and so minimises costs and maximises profit. Such results are called ‘increasing productivity’ and are worshipped by the economic rationalists who still dominate public life.