On Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 of May all Australian students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will undertake NAPLAN for 2017. While it may appear to be over an extended period, simply put, “NAPLAN tests require less than four hours over three days, four times during a student's time at school. It is a point-in-time snapshot assessment of a student's achievements in the areas of literacy and numeracy.
We all understand there's a lot that goes into a student's education. NAPLAN doesn't test everything happening in the classroom or a school and isn't designed to assess a student's diverse and creative learning, entrepreneurial skills or risk-taking ability.” Robert Randall, ACARA CEO. The intent of this national testing program is to provide a measure of how all Australian school students at these year levels are performing in Literacy and Numeracy.
The performance of each child will be reported to the College community using six bands of achievement at each year level. These bands enable all students across Australia at these year levels to be compared. One of these bands will represent the national minimum standard for students at that year level. We certainly view the rich data we receive from NAPLAN as an opportunity to review our annual goals for teaching and learning at the College.
The actual content NAPLAN tests is informed by the National Statements of Learning in English and Mathematics. Test questions therefore cover aspects of Literacy (Reading, Writing, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) and Numeracy. In years 3 and 5 these elements will be assessed through four separate papers whereas students in years 7 and 9 will sit a total of five test papers. These tests range between 10 minutes and 65 minutes depending on the year level and will consist of a combination of multiple choice and short response questions.
While preparation for NAPLAN occurs every day through our normal teaching and learning, we do recognise it is important for students to feel comfortable in sitting this style of testing. As such, leading into these tests, students at the College have been exposed to sample examination papers and have had explanatory sessions to become familiar with the format and the expectation of each paper. Further information about NAPLAN click here.
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