This term sees the carrying out of the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) in Weeks 2 and 3 of this term. All students in years 3, 5, 7, & 9 are sitting this year’s test.

So what are they, and why do we do them?

It is an obvious goal that every child should be numerate and be able to read, write and spell at an appropriate level. The National Assessment Program is an ongoing program of assessments to monitor progress towards the National Goals for Schooling.

The data from these test results gives schools and systems the ability to compare their students’ achievements with national benchmarks and with student achievement in other States and Territories.

Standards described by the benchmarks for Years 3, 5 and 7 represent increasingly demanding levels of proficiency against which progress of students through school can be followed. They form important markers along a continuum of increasing competence.

Our site has shown considerable improvement in NAPLAN in the past 6 years, but we will continue to spend considerable time analysing the results of these tests, to support us in improving the literacy and numeracy of both individuals and groups of students.