Monday, March 17, 2014

Background to NAPLAN

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. These include reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy.

NAPLAN complements classroom-based assessment but adds a ‘national’ component. The results give schools and systems the ability to measure their students’ achievements against National Minimum Standards and against other states and territories.

There are many things that teachers need to examine to determine how a student is progressing at school. NAPLAN is unique because it provides nationally comparable data. We know this information is valued by teachers and parents.

NAPLAN is not a pass/fail type test. It looks at what level students are achieving in literacy and numeracy compared with their peers throughout Australia.