The latest round of NAPLAN testing is almost complete, after our students in years 3, 5 and 7 have worked their way through the 2019 literacy and numeracy tests.
For those of you new to NAPLAN, these test are conducted when students are in years 3, 5, 7 and 9. They measure student performance in the areas of mathematics, writing, reading, spelling and language conventions (grammar and punctuation). These tests provide useful information to our system, our school and teachers in measuring how we are progressing in these key areas of learning. Of course, this information sits alongside equally useful measures that occur across the year at all year levels.
Catch up tests will continue until Friday for students who missed out on previous tests.
This year most tests were conducted through an online platform, with the exception of Year 3 writing. Clearly there is benefit in having fluent keyboard skills, just as fluent handwriting skills have been advantageous in previous years. You will have heard about the many problems that some schools experienced with the online testing with, especially in writing, the nationally based server crashing periodically. However, thanks to the immaculate and organised preparation by our ICT Coordinator, Dale O’Connor, the process at Unley ran smoothly.
Another feature of the online NAPLAN is that it allows for a tailored test that automatically assesses a student’s performance level, and poses questions that are more closely matched to that student’s achievement level. We hope this has made the tests more useful and less stressful!
Parents of students who sat the tests will receive a report towards the end of Term 3. In the meantime, please get in touch with your class teachers, should you wish to discuss your child’s progress.