Last week students of the College in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participated in the annual National Assessment Programme known as NAPLAN. Students complete tests of reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy in all the above Year Levels. Our younger students in Years 3 and 5 approached the assessment confidently.
This year the story writing text type was a narrative and the children embraced the title “Imagine” with some very entertaining writing.
The tests are designed to provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at a particular time. It is important to note that this is a snapshot in time and many factors, such as maturity and health, can impact greatly on individual results on any given day.
Most of the items on the test are based on learning from the previous year of school; however, there is some content, albeit a small number of questions, which relate to content in the Year 3 curriculum and some from Year 4 curriculum. Several questions are actually repeated in the Year 5 tests. This allows students to show their full understanding and capabilities.
Results are usually available in August. As a College, we look forward to analysing this data, combining it with our school-based data and utilising it as another piece of information to support the learning of all students in developmentally appropriate ways.
A challenging and exciting development for NAPLAN is the move to online testing over a two to three year period from 2017. For further information about NAPLAN and an explanation of the online format, please click here.
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