What is NAPLAN?
NAPLAN replaces the ACTAP testing which was previously held in the ACT. From 2008 the State and Territory based basic skills testing was replaced with NAPLAN (The National Assessment Programme - Literacy and Numeracy). National data will allow the government to compare results across jurisdictions.
All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are tested in Literacy and Numeracy on the same days. The tests for literacy cover reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Students are tested by a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions. Students should not be concerned about the tests. They are not designed to trick them, but rather designed to allow them to show what they know. The timing of the tests allow them to be used as another diagnostic tool within the College. Sample tests are available on the NAPLAN website listed below.
Students with special needs will sit the tests but special provisions that are already in place for those students will be maintained to meet the needs of those students. Parents will receive an individual report on their son's performance in the tests. Schools will also receive a report on students and the government will report to the wider community through aggregate reporting.
David Kelly, Literacy and Numeracy Co-Ordinator
(02) 6239 0695
Ed Mickleburgh, Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning
(02) 6239 0618