That Time of Year Again

The NAPLAN testing for 2018 has been completed. As each year passes the value of such testing is to be questioned more and more. We are told by its supporters that the testing provides schools with valuable information around academic skills achievement. It also ‘supposedly’ assists the government in determining which schools are and which not, doing a good job of teaching. The My Schools website is one that is often consulted by prospective parents.

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NAPLAN should not mean NO PLAN!

Over the last couple of weeks, parents have been receiving their individual NAPLAN reports. For some, this has meant a sigh of relief that their child is at or above the expected level. Some news is expected and conforms with what is already known about the child. For others, below level performance raises many questions. Does my child have a problem? Should I be worried about their academic achievement? Why didn't someone tell me that my child was below level? This last question is often the opening comment when parents enquire about assessment following NAPLAN assessment.

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