10 May: Language Conventions and Writing (period 1 and period 2)
11 May: Reading (period 1-2)
12 May: Numeracy (period 1-2)
Though there is much controversy in the community about NAPLAN, the tests offer schools, parents and students a standardised way of tracking literacy and numeracy progress across key years of their schooling. Given that sound literacy and numeracy is essential in the development of higher order thinking, the College takes the view that the tests provide useful information of student ability in reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy, at a fixed point in time. The NAPLAN tests therefore, are diagnostic indicators of where students are placed in relation to others across the state, but they are not measures of student potential, nor are they able to assess how well particular students have learned and understood content across the vast suite of subjects offered at the College.
Students at Ambrose Treacy College have been prepared for the NAPLAN tests as part of an ‘embedded’ curriculum program. In Years 7 and 9, students have had some additional literacy and numeracy immersions, as well as being exposed to some tips on test strategy. The aim, as always, is to ensure that each student aspires to their personal best.
Parents of students sitting NAPLAN, can support their sons in the following ways:
• Reassure your son that the tests are useful and can inform how teachers in the future, support areas of their learning.
• Encourage a sense of perspective and ‘can do’.
• Remind your son that there is no ‘horrid outcome’ – he simply needs to do his best.
• Remind students of the importance of bringing correct equipment to each test. Calculators are needed for one of the numeracy tests in Years 7 and 9. Other equipment needed includes: pencils, pens, eraser, sharpener.
• Ensure that your son has a good night’s sleep.
• Ensure that your son has a good breakfast.
• Ensure that your son gets to school in plenty of time, to avoid rushing.
• Ensure that your son works through some of the activities on grammar, punctuation, reading, writing and numeracy as part of their homework program.
I wish all Year 5, 7 and 9 students well as they prepare to take the tests and would like to take this opportunity to thank them for the way they have engaged both in their lessons, and in the NAPLAN preparation program. I am particularly grateful also to the many teachers and ancillary staff, who have taken roles either in the organisation and delivery of productive learning experiences, or in the administration of the examinations. Particular thanks goes to Michelle Pearl, Gayle Hollister and Greg Quinn.
Miss Kath LIttle, Dean of Learning