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Keep NAPLAN in Perspective

08 May 2017

More than 200,000 Queensland students will put their literacy and numeracy skills to the test over the next three days (9-11 May) when they sit annual NAPLAN tests.

The Queensland students are among 1.1 million Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 Australian students sitting the paper-based tests this year after governments and school systems delayed the staged transition of NAPLAN online until 2018.

Independent Schools Queensland Executive Director David Robertson wished all Queensland students well but encouraged them and their parents to keep in mind the context of the tests.

“It’s important that parents remember that NAPLAN provides a single point-in-time snapshot of their child’s literacy and numeracy proficiency. It is not a high stakes, pass or fail test,” Mr Robertson said.

“With NAPLAN now in its 10th year, the annual tests are a routine part of the school calendar. Queensland independent schools work with students and parents to ensure they understand the purpose of the tests, are familiar with their format and also understand how the results are used and reported on,” he said.

“The results feed into a much broader testing and assessment program that schools conduct throughout the year to assess and track the learning progress of all students. This rich data enables teachers to provide extra learning support or extension to students where needed.”

“Schools also use NAPLAN data to inform their broader teaching practices and programs, while state and federal governments use it in a similar way to evaluate system performance and guide future education policy and funding priorities.”

NAPLAN assesses student skills in numeracy, reading, writing and language conventions such as spelling, grammar and punctuation.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) coordinates the administration, marking and reporting of the testing program in Queensland.

Parents generally receive their child’s individual NAPLAN report in Term 3.

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