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NAPLAN in Junior Secondary

Improving our Performance

 

The national assessment program – literacy and numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment for all students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9.  NAPLAN is a skills test.  It tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to be successful in the Senior Phase of Learning and beyond.

Students in Year 7 and 9 will participate in tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy.  The tests are run between Tuesday 12 May, Wednesday 13 May and Thursday 14 May.  The timetable is as follows:

 

  • Tuesday 12 May  -  Language Conventions & Writing

  • Wednesday 13 May -  Reading

  • Thursday 14 May -  Numeracy (calculator & non-calculator)

 

Our target is to see each student improve on their Year 5 and Year 7 NAPLAN results resulting in all students achieving above national minimum standards.  In order to achieve this target, all year 7 and 9 students have been involved in a targeted skills development program based on early diagnostic testing this year.  Trial tests have already been run to provide the school with an accurate picture of each student’s reading and numeracy levels.  The information from these tests is used to inform the development of the NAPLAN preparation program as well as curriculum programs.  Each student receives targeted strategies every day in every lesson that allows students to strengthen areas of weakness and build on areas of strength.

The NAPLAN data gives students, parents, teachers and schools valuable information about how students are progressing.  As a school, we use NAPLAN data to inform our planning and instruction and actively engage targeted strategies and intervention to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for all students.  The learning that our Junior Secondary students engage in builds the foundation for the success in the senior phase of learning and beyond.

NAPLAN tests are a routine part of the school calendar.  However students may be withdrawn from the testing program by their parent / carer if there are religious beliefs of philosophical objections to testing.  This is a matter for consideration by parents / carers in consultation with the school.  A formal application must be received by the School Principal prior to the testing.

All students are encouraged to participate in NAPLAN tests.  Students with disability may qualify for adjustments that reflect the support normally provided in the classroom.  A formal exemption may be granted for a student with significant intellectual disability and/or significant co-existing condition, or who has recently arrived in Australia and is from a non-English speaking background.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish our students well for the upcoming NAPLAN tests in Term 2.  If you require further information please contact Pam Prichard Deputy Principal Junior Secondary on 47267666.