This week students from Years 3, and 5, (and Years 7 and 9 in high school) will participate in an assessment of their literacy and numeracy skills.
As with any test in life – whether academic, sport or hobby related – some students may feel anxious about NAPLAN. In each case, it is up to the significant adults in students’ lives to help explain what NAPLAN is all about and to help them to keep it in perspective.
For students, NAPLAN is a short assessment they take only four times during their whole school life.
For parents, NAPLAN is a point-in-time assessment for seeing how their child, compared with the rest of Australia’s children, is progressing in the fundamental skills of literacy and numeracy. The information NAPLAN provides, supports conversations between parents, teachers and schools working together to help children achieve their full potential.
NAPLAN data is also used to support school improvement processes by enabling teachers to monitor their students’ progress over time against a national measure, and to identify areas of strength and development. NAPLAN data, when used in combination with other school-based assessments, provide teachers with diagnostic information for planning their teaching programs, and guiding and supporting their students’ learning journey.
Literacy and numeracy are fundamentally important for all young people, but NAPLAN is not, and should never be, the sole measure of a child’s achievement at school, or of the success of a whole school.
The school curriculum has so much to offer. All students here at St Emilie’s have an opportunity to study a rich curriculum including literature, science, mathematics, humanities and social sciences, technology, health and physical education, Japanese, and the arts.
So, if your Year 3 or 5 child is sitting NAPLAN next week, simply encourage them to do the best they can and treat the test day as any other school day.