This week Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students across Australia will undertake the National Assessment Plan of Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). It is "a measure through which governments, education authorities, schools, teachers and parents can determine whether or not young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy." (www.nap.edu.au)
This national assessment program is conducted annually to test student progress in reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy. These tests provide both parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at a single point in time. It is ONLY a snapshot of the students' progress in literacy and numeracy because they are just a-point-in-time tests. Our college uses the students' outcomes to evaluate how our educational program is working. We are then able to make decisions on what areas need improvement and priority.
I urge all parents with children participating in NAPLAN this week to support them and encourage them to do their best as they would in any other assessment. Please do not put unnecessary pressure on them to perform because such pressure will be counter-productive to their performance in the tests.
Should you have any questions about NAPLAN, please contact the respective Head of Campus who will gladly assist you.
Here's wishing all our students sitting the tests this week God's speed and blessings.
We hope you enjoy reading the piece below - it is a good reminder about keeping everything in perspective.