Each year students across the country participate in the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). This group of tests is undertaken by Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students across all schools.
NAPLAN is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability in Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation and Numeracy. They are a snapshot of how your child is performing on that day with that assessment task. NAPLAN commences next Tuesday May 14th.
We want our students to be relaxed and unfazed by the process and not become anxious and emotional. To support this aim we give our students time leading up to the NAPLAN to review previous tests and to undertake timed activities so that they know what to expect. We do this to reduce worry and to ensure our students can perform to their best on the day.
It is important that we are aware of the messages we give our students around assessment, we can impact on their ability to undertake the assessments, if we put pressure on them or if we are concerned about how they will perform. As with many things if we are anxious our children can be anxious. It is important that we give our students the message that this is an assessment task that will let us see what they child can do.