Our expert tutors assist students in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 to prepare for NAPLAN.
Is Your Child Sitting NAPLAN This Year?
Since its inception in 2008, NAPLAN, directed by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has tested Australian year 3, year 5, year 7 and year 9 students in four primary areas.
Student achievement is measured against national outcome-based education standards in:
Whilst it is acknowledged that NAPLAN does not replace ongoing assessments and teacher monitoring of student progress, NAPLAN does provide schools, educational authorities and governments with a snapshot that shows whether Australian students are meeting expected educational standards in literacy and numeracy. Later in the year, schools give students their NAPLAN report to take home.
Assessment scales are used to report individual student performance, and describe the development of student achievement along a ten-band scale (http://www.nap.edu.au/results-and-reports/how-to-interpret/scales).Each NAPLAN scale is divided into ten bands. Band 1 is the lowest band and band 10 is the highest band. A band contains a range of scores and is not a specific point. Each year level is reported against six of these bands. The performance of individual students can also be compared to the average performance of all students in Australia.
NAPLAN results can be useful to students, teachers and parents in a variety of ways, including:
- Students and parents may use individual results to measure their progress across the years. Test results can also provide a point of reference for parent teacher discussions.
- Test results can highlight those students who may require more academic support or extension.
- Educational authorities can use NAPLAN data to guide their decision making and funding choices.
Following the release of the annual NAPLAN results, relevant achievement data is posted on the Government’s MySchool website; myschool.edu.au, and can be viewed by the public.
Whilst NAPLAN is not a test that children can study specifically for, in the same way they might study for test on a topic, providing your child with the opportunity to complete practice assessments in the weeks leading up to NAPLAN can be beneficial.
Completing sample assessments prior to the test day, will enable students to familiarise themselves with the testing materials and provide them with the opportunity to practise answering test questions in the required format. This process is also likely to assist some students to feel less stressed about participating in NAPLAN. Our ‘Prepare For NAPLAN’ workshop programs for students in Years 3, 5, 7 & 9 are live and taken by experienced and qualified tutors.
Optimise Learning ‘PREPARE FOR NAPLAN’ workshop programs benefit students by:
- preparing students for the specific format of each NAPLAN test,
- familiarising students with each assessment, so they are likely to feel more confident and less anxious on test days, as they know exactly what to expect,
- ensuring students understand how to read and interpret the different question types included in NAPLAN.
Students are prepared for each NAPLAN test by:
- being introduced to previous NAPLAN tests and sample questions to complete as practice,
- receiving explicit feedback following the practise tests,
- revising skills that need revisiona,
- being introduced to a range of tips and strategies, including how to manage their time during the tests.
Up to 5 students from similar year levels can participate in each ‘NAPLAN Prep’ workshop program, which is live, and facilitated by a qualified and experienced tutor. Optional homework tasks are provided following each workshop, enabling students to revise, practise and consolidate the skills that were focused on.
Our ‘NAPLAN Prep’ workshop program consists of 5 X 45 minute lessons that are scheduled over a 5 week period. Programs are scheduled regularly throughout the year.
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