With the school year back in full swing, students in Years 3, 5, 7 & 9 across Australia are preparing themselves for the National Assessment Program-Literacy And Numeracy, more commonly known as NAPLAN. Testing dates for 2016 are scheduled from the 10th to the 12th of May.
NAPLAN tests assess each student’s understandings of language conventions (spelling, grammar & punctuation), writing and reading comprehension. The tests also assess a student’s knowledge and skills in the content strands of number & algebra, measurement and geometry and statistics and probability. Year 9 students are tested on their understanding of the functions and patterns of formal algebra as well.
NAPLAN Testing is an important benchmark for determining whether or not young Australians are achieving expected standards in literacy and numeracy, and provides vital information to schools and education authorities regarding areas in the national curriculum that may need to be targeted or prioritised.
Whilst preparing for and participating in NAPLAN is a significant time for both students and their families, it’s also important to remind students that NAPLAN tests only involve the topics that they have been learning throughout the school year. It is helpful for students to understand that it is unlikely that they will have new, or unfamiliar material presented to them on test day/s. Also, it is highly likely that their teachers have prepared them for each of the assessments. Understanding these factors can assist students to feel confident, calm and ready on test day.
If the thought of NAPLAN is causing anxiety, then there is the opportunity for students to engage with sample test questions from previous years. The QCAA have sample tests available for each year level on their website. Exposing your child to the tests, and providing them with the opportunity to tackle some questions, could help to dispel any fears they may be harbouring.
If you have any queries about NAPLAN, make an appointment with your child’s teacher to discuss them. Teachers can advise you regarding NAPLAN preparation and assist with any concerns you may have.
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