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NAPLAN tests: one component of your child's learning

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on May 1, 2016 6:00:00 AM

NAPLAN tests: one component of your child's learningAcross the country, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will sit the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) between Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 May. NAPLAN is a feature of the educational landscape in Australia and all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are required to sit the tests.

The NAPLAN tests are designed to provide an understanding of a student’s performance at the time of the assessment in the areas of reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy skills. The results also provide schools, states and territories with information regarding the progress of education programmes and what needs to be prioritised when addressing improvements.

NAPLAN results are shown on a national achievement scale covering ten bands, of which six are reported on for each year level and test. One of these bands represents the national minimum standard for students at each year level. A result at the minimum standard indicates that a student demonstrated basic literacy and numeracy skills needed to participate fully in that year level. The performance of individual students can be compared to the average performance of all students in Australia.

At Trinity Grammar School, we believe the tests are only one aspect of our formal assessment and reporting process. Our approach at Trinity is to provide boys and parents with a wide range of feedback about their learning from their teachers. NAPLAN is only one contributing piece of a great variety of data that Trinity uses to respond to student learning needs. We encourage parents to view their son’s results in the same way – alongside all the information received regarding their son’s learning.

While NAPLAN is deemed to be very important by government agencies, they are not ‘high stake’ tests for any individual student. As a parent, it’s also worth considering what NAPLAN doesn’t report on:

  • NAPLAN doesn’t tell you how your son is growing in confidence and maturing.
  • NAPLAN can’t tell you how resilient your son is becoming.
  • NAPLAN can’t measure your son’s leadership qualities.
  • NAPLAN won’t tell you how your son thinks about the world.
  • NAPLAN can’t measure the compassion your son has for those less fortunate than him.

Trinity Grammar School knows what boys need to flourish and inspires every boy to achieve. A Trinity education seeks to engage the mind, body and spiritual development of every boy. Our commitment to academic excellence is within a holistic educational environment that seeks to nurture and encourage our boys to ‘grow in wisdom and stature and favour with God and man’.

To learn more about how every boy can discover and develop his skills and talents through Trinity’s extensive range of world class educational programmes and personalised approach, download our prospectus.

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