Naplan: An Essential Evaluation Tool

NAPLAN is an essential evaluation tool that not only helps us gauge our school’s performance but also serves as a valuable resource for parents to understand their child’s academic progress. Earlier this term parents received NAPLAN results based on tests completed in Term 1 of this year. The results looked slightly different to previous years with results grouped into four bands.

NAPLAN is conducted annually in Australian schools to assess the literacy and numeracy skills of students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9. It measures their abilities in reading, writing, language conventions, and numeracy. While NAPLAN should not be considered the sole indicator of a child’s abilities, it does provide valuable insights into their strengths and areas for improvement, both individually and in comparison, to national benchmarks.

I have always believed that despite its limitations, NAPLAN is an important tool for parents, teachers, and students. NAPLAN results help teachers and parents understand how students are performing in comparison to national standards. It provides students with the opportunity to sit for standardized tests and learn how to manage time and test conditions. It enables schools to tailor our teaching methods and provide targeted support and extension to help each child reach their full potential. It also helps schools identify areas for improvement.

When discussing the results with your child focus on a few key areas. Emphasize that NAPLAN is just one measure of their academic abilities. Discuss how their efforts and progress over time matter more than a single test score. Encourage them to reflect on their strengths and areas they would like to improve. Reinforce that NAPLAN is an opportunity to identify areas where they can grow and celebrate their achievements, encouraging a growth mindset- that no matter their score they can improve with perseverance. Continue to encourage reading and good habits for study and homework.

By discussing the results positively and focusing on growth, you can help your child develop a resilient mindset and the determination to overcome challenges. Together, as a school and parent community, we can empower our children to achieve their full potential.