What we do to prepare for NAPLAN
Our Preparation for NAPLAN Testing
NAPLAN tests provide information at all levels: national, state/territory, and most importantly, the classroom. St Edmund’s College teachers use SMART Data (individualised and cohort NAPLAN results) to inform school and teaching planning, pedagogy, and the judgements we make about student progress.
By teaching the Australian Curriculum, teachers at St Edmund’s College prepare students to successfully participate in NAPLAN testing. Incorporating the review of test questions into the data analysis process enriches teachers’ and students’ understandings of what was being assessed, the ‘language’ of the test questions and analysis of errors. This subsequently informs planning for future learning. Developing students’ meta-cognitive skills, including clarification, justification, analysis, evaluation, supports deep literacy and numeracy learning.
There are many literacy and numeracy programs that exist within the school to help our students. These include: Drop everything and read (Years 4-10), Accelerated Reader (Years 6-7), Reading Logs (Years 8-10), Mathletics (Years 4-6), MathsMate program (Years 5-8), student support programs, UCAN Read, Mathematics extension programs, tutoring opportunities, QuickSmart, and many more.
Years 5, 7 & 9 participate in literacy and numeracy trials in Term 1 of each year. These tests are administered to familiarise students with question types and are used as an opportunity for feedback. Other year groups may be involved in literacy and numeracy trials occasionally if the Mathematics, English or Middle School faculties deem it necessary and useful.
Parents may wish to have a look at the types of questions their sons will encounter during the testing. There are a range of sample questions available on the NAP website, at: http://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/the-tests.html
David Kelly, LIteracy and Numeracy Co-Ordinator
(02) 6239 0695
Ed Mickelburgh, Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning
(02) 6239 0618