What Are the NAPLAN Tests?
NAPLAN is short for National Assessment Plan Literacy & Numeracy. It involves all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sitting a small number of tests each year. These tests assess students’ reading, writing, spelling, numeracy, grammar and punctuation.
The NAPLAN tests provide an objective snapshot of how students are going against national standards and against their peers across Australia.
But for those who have sat the NAPLAN tests before, it also provides an impartial measure of progress. Each year, students’ progress is reported in bands, ranging from Band 1 to Band 10. These bands are similar to martial arts belts, with students progressing from one to the next when they show they mastered the relevant material. Students who have completed the NAPLAN in previous years can see how far they have progressed by comparing their most recent band with bands achieved on earlier tests.
The Graduating Generation
Julie Sengelman has a daughter in Year 9 this year – a daughter who will be one of the first students to have sat the NAPLAN tests in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9. As such, Julie is in a great position to talk about how NAPLAN helped her keep track of her daughter’s progress.
It has been really useful to see whether they were on the right track in school, and whether or not there were any issues that needed to be worked on. If there was a difference in a particular convention from year to year, then it was useful to be able to go to a teacher–parent interview with questions as to why that might be the case.
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In 2014, the NAPLAN tests will be held from 13-15 May.
Tuesday 13 May: Writing Test & Language Conventions Test (Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling)
Wednesday 14 May: Reading Test
Thursday 15 May: Numeracy Test
For further information on the NAPLAN tests, visit the National Assessment Program website.