This week, our year 3 and 5 students completed the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests. These tests are a point-in-time assessment that allows parents to see how their child is progressing in literacy and numeracy against the national standard and compared with their peers throughout Australia. The results of these tests are used by our classroom teachers to see where further instruction would be beneficial and where our students are excelling.
In the past few years, we have moved to online testing. NAPLAN Online is a tailored test that adapts to student responses, providing better assessment and more precise results. We are very lucky that we have access to enough devices for all students to access the online tests easily and have spare devices in case of any technical issues.
At St Bernadette's, we do not 'teach to the test'. We want to gain an accurate picture of where our students are at a particular point in time. We also don't want to place undue pressure or stress on our students. We want our students to know they are more than the results of these tests. We focus on developing a well-rounded child who understands their worth is more than academic results. Their schooling at St Bernadette's is built around quality teaching which effectively covers the whole curriculum and ensures they are well prepared for not only the NAPLAN tests but all areas of their development.
I would like to congratulate our year 3 and 5 students on the way they have approached the tests and their attitude of doing their personal best.