Testing times ahead

Blackwater State High School Year 9 students prepare for the NAPLAN tests currently underway.
Blackwater State High School Year 9 students prepare for the NAPLAN tests currently underway.

STUDENTS across Australia will be busy this week as the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy tests get under way.

Testing started yesterday and will continue until Thursday with Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sitting assessments testing their skills in reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy.

Results from the NAPLAN test do not affect student marks but that hasn’t helped some students relax who said they were “majorly nervous” about the testing.

Many said they were particular nervous about failing and not completing the tests in the time-frame given.

But students were planning on giving themselves the best headstart for the three days of testing with a good breakfast, and one student nominated Weetbix as their secret weapon.

This year marks the fourth year students have undergone NAPLAN assessments and students said the tests get “more hectic” as they progress through school.

Developed by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority and administered by local Test Administration Authorities, the NAPLAN results are a valuable tool for governments, schools and parents to understand student achievements and look for ways to improve in areas of literacy and numeracy. Schools and governments will receive overall results while parents will get individual reports indicating how their children performed in the tests.

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