More than 85,900 students across South Australia will start online NAPLAN tests today, two months earlier than in previous years.
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 and takes place in schools across the country each year.
NAPLAN seeks to evaluate whether young people are reaching important numeracy and literacy goals and is tailored to each year level. The tests assess skills in writing, reading, spelling, grammar, punctuation and numeracy.
Previously held in May, this year’s testing period is from Wednesday 15 March to Monday 27 March.
By moving the testing period to an earlier date, the NAPLAN results will be available earlier, to allow teachers to assess what support students may need in the coming year and to better inform teaching and learning programs.
New proficiency standards with four levels of achievement for each year level will replace the previous 10-band structure and the old national minimum standard set in 2008 when tests were on paper. The new proficiency standards include a baseline benchmark to identify students who are likely to need additional support.
This will help families and carers better understand where their child sits and what, if any, other supports are needed.
Long-term trends in the NAPLAN results for South Australian students, do show solid improvement.
However, the Malinauskas Labor Government will introduce a new Mathematics Improvement Strategy in schools with an increased emphasis on numeracy and mathematics in the foundation years.
South Australia hosted the inaugural Numeracy Summit for school leaders this month, providing them access to leading edge numeracy and mathematics research to improve practice in schools.
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For years 3, 5, 7 and 9, it helps provide a snapshot of how students’ skills are developing in numeracy, writing, reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
It’s important to remind students that it’s not about passing or failing, it’s about giving it your best.
South Australia supported recent changes to NAPLAN to lift minimum standards, ensure that families have better information to help understand their child’s progress and to give schools better information as to which students need additional support.
These changes are important to ensure NAPLAN gives us the information we need to best support every child and young person.
We are implementing a comprehensive plan to improve our schools including implementing the Mathematics Improvement Strategy – which saw the inaugural Numeracy Summit this month – as well as investing $50 million into mental health and wellbeing in our schools, which is critical to seeing every South Australian student achieve their potential.