FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When is the NAPLAN test period?
The NAPLAN will be conducted in term two each school year.
Results of the tests for the National Assessment Program are reported a number of different ways; these include public reports, individual student reports, and reporting on the My School website.
It is important to note that the tests involved in the NAPLAN are not pass/fail tests.
What is NAPLAN?
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an everyday part of the school calendar since 2008.
Why is it important for students?
NAPLAN tests skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, including reading, writing, spelling and numeracy.
It is one tool teachers use to identify areas of student strengths and areas for improvement and to work with that student and their family by providing further teaching in the relevant area.
How can parents prepare their children for NAPLAN?
NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students have already been learning through the school curriculum.
Why is it important for schools and teachers?
Schools and teachers benefit from NAPLAN as it enables them to identify areas within their teaching and learning programs that may require more focus or a change of tactic in the delivery of that particular part of the curriculum.
NAPLAN tests are one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process; they do not replace the extensive ongoing assessments made by teachers about each student’s performance.
Where can I find more information?
If you have any questions about your child’s preparation for NAPLAN, you should make a time to ring the school to discuss this. The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to reassure your child that NAPLAN tests are just one part of their school program.
For more information on NAPLAN including schedule, visit http://www.nap.edu.au or www.education.nt.gov.au
How can I best prepare my child for the NAPLAN tests?
NAPLAN assessments are undertaken by students as a normal part of their education program. Teachers will ensure students are prepared for the tests and will provide appropriate support and guidance. Try not to make “too big a deal” about the tests. Your children have engaged with the practice materials and are familiar with the format and requirements of the test and will be confident in their school preparation.
Encourage a “can do” approach by discussing with them that they should approach the test with a positive attitude. The tests provide them with an opportunity to demonstrate what they know. We will be encouraging our students to:
• Plan to make best use of their time and try to finish each test within the time provided
• Try to answer ALL questions – there are no penalties for incorrect answers – encourage students to put an answer for ALL Multiple Choice questions
• To provide their best work on each test – attention to neat and legible writing, care with spelling and grammar
If your child is absent from school on test days, our assistant principal Mr. Michael Calwell will organise for individual students to complete missed tests at another time during testing week. A NAPLAN report will be issued by your school later in the year. The same report format is used for every student in Australia. The school will notify you when the reports are being sent home. Thank-you for your support with our national testing, this is an important opportunity for our school to measure our student’s performance and how this reflects against our own data collection.