NAPLAN, an assessment of literacy and numeracy, is undertaken annually by all Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students throughout Australia. At St Norbert College, the NAPLAN Testing will be conducted in Term Two (Week 3), and the information below may also be accessed at:
Language Conventions & Writing – Tuesday 15 May, 2018
Writing (40 minutes)
All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are required to complete a writing task, using a prompt or stimulus topic. The genre of the prompt will not be disclosed prior to the test period. The Writing test will require students to respond to either a persuasive or narrative writing prompt. Students receive a three-page blank writing booklet and a colour stimulus page. Criterion-referenced marking rubrics are used to assess students’ writing. This will enable comparisons to be made across year groups and growth to be measured.
Language Conventions (45 minutes)
The Language conventions test comprises spelling, grammar and punctuation. Students are required to identify and correct spelling errors, and answer multiple-choice grammar and punctuation questions.
Reading – Wednesday 16 May, 2018
The Reading tests are designed to assess a wide range of abilities. Students are provided with a colour magazine containing a range of text types. They are required to read each text then complete multiple-choice and short-answer questions in their test booklets. No part of the reading assessment should be read to the students. Teachers must not read either the reading texts or questions to the students nor should they reword or explain questions. If students seek assistance, teachers may encourage them to read aloud any question or part of the text.
Numeracy – Thursday 17th May, 2018
Part A – Calculator allowed (50 minutes)
Part B – Non-calculator (10 minutes)
The numeracy assessment area includes:
- Number and Algebra
- Measurement and Geometry
- Statistics and Probability
Year 7 and 9 students will complete two tests and will require a calculator for one of the tests. Students will be permitted to bring into the test the calculator that they currently use at school or with which they are most familiar.
Exemptions/Adjustments for disability
Please note that the last date for submission of exemption, adjustments for disability, and withdrawal application forms is Friday 13th April.
Students may be withdrawn from the testing by their parent/carer. This is a matter for consideration by individual parents/carers in consultation with their child’s school. Withdrawals are intended to address issues such as religious beliefs and philosophical objections to testing. Please contact the College no later than Thursday 29 March 2018, if you intend to withdraw your son or daughter from the testing.