NAPLAN: Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 – Important Information

Dear Parents/Caregivers

NAPLAN Week

If your child is in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 they due to participate in the Australia wide NAPLAN testing week beginning in Term 2, Week 2 (May 10-12).

What is NAPLAN?

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. At Navigator, we believe NAPLAN is just a snapshot of the assessment we conduct here as our students undertake a variety of assessments. NAPLAN tests the reading, writing, spelling and numeracy levels of our students with the assessments being undertaken simultaneously nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May.

NAPLAN is designed to test skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time through the school curriculum. It is made up of tests in these four areas:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
  • Numeracy.

Want to know more?

ACARA has produced a number of videos to support parents to support their children through NAPLAN. They are published on ACARA’s You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP7WrHp7_iueHgQlABVWm64tZLjb0w9x3

What do you need to do?

Nothing. No preparation is required prior to the testing week. Navigator does not teach to NAPLAN tests and students are simply asked to try their best. Here at the College we use all NAPLAN results to inform our teaching and to improve teacher practice. Prior to testing week, students will be shown previous testing booklets to familarise themselves with the layout and to learn how to complete the variety of tests when the time comes.

If you have concerns about your child participating in the 2016 NAPLAN testing week, please make a time to speak with your child’s classroom teacher and discuss your concerns.