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NAPLAN: National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy

This week our students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 will sit NAPLAN (National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy) testing. Since 2008 NAPLAN has been used as a ‘point in time’ assessment to measure student learning across Australia. This data can be helpful in identifying areas for improvement at an individual and school level. It provides teachers with useful data to help them individualise learning in the classroom. However, it is only one piece of the learning jigsaw and not all students are able to do their best or show their learning to their full capability while sitting in test conditions.NAPLAN results only focus on three days of your child’s school year and this test cannot assess all of what makes each student unique and special. With renewed focus on individualised learning, we know that students need the opportunity to show their understanding of learning in different ways. When assessing a student’s learning within the classroom, teachers not only look at an end of unit task, but take into account their learning throughout the unit, skills demonstrated, observations, conversations and individual progress and growth.

With this in mind – what can you do at home to support your child during NAPLAN?

  • Stay calm and positive, and help your child to view NAPLAN with a calm and positive attitude. Studies show that stress inhibits brain function. When we feel calm and safe we are able to perform better.
  • Help your child gets a good night’s sleep. Primary school aged children need between 9 and 11 hours of sleep a night.
  • Encourage your child to eat a healthy breakfast. Food feeds the brain! Eating a healthy breakfast that is low in sugar, with a low glycaemic index will help your child to maintain concentration for longer.
  • Have a growth mindset and encourage your child/children to try their best.

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