2022 NAPLAN Information
I hope this email finds you well.
We have now completed the practice NAPLAN tests for those Year 3 and 5 students present at school over the past few days. Students were super and challenged themselves during the tests. You should be proud of your child and the effort they showed during the practice tests. Give them a hug when they get home!!! J
CATCH UP PRACTICE TEST – Wednesday 6th April 8.45am
Due to the large number of Year 3 and 5 students absent from Thursday last week, I will run another practice test for those students who missed having a practice. We felt this was important as students really need the practice to log on to the NAP Lock Down Browser before the real assessments so they understand the process. This will be the Omnibus Test only for both year groups next Wednesday. I will run the test in the library and will collect your child, if they have been absent from their class that morning. Unfortunately, this will be the last time I can really run the tests for absent students.
Both the Year 3 and 5 students will use the school’s Surface Pros during the test.
DEVICES FOR NAPLAN – Surface Pros to be used only
After trialling the Year 5 students using their BYOD devices for their first NAPLAN practice test last Thursday, we have decided to now only use the school’s Surface Pro devices with ALL Year 5 students during NAPLAN this year. There are too many variables with the BYOD devices that caused unnecessary interruptions to the flow of the test for everyone. These variables include devices not being charged properly and dying through the test, devices without the correct Lock Down Browser, devices without sound and devices that do not work effectively enough for these tests. As such, for the two Year 5 practice tests we have held yesterday and today, we only used the Surface Pros which work incredibly well with our systems and we were able to complete the tests with minimal interruptions with devices.
However, a huge thank you to all parents for supporting the school with helping get their child’s device ready for the practice tests. Testing devices is one of the reasons we do have these practice sessions. Our goal is to ensure students are able to complete the real assessments in may with the least amount of stress with the device they use. (And stress for us changing devices during the tests!!!).
WHERE TO FROM HERE:
NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy. It is important to remember that NAPLAN is not about passing or failing, but about assessing learning progress. As such, we do not recommend that parents try and cram their child with study for the assessments in May. We usually find that the scores students achieve in NAPLAN aligns with the achievement of students in the classroom. In saying that, a common area we have found students didn’t do too well during the practice tests (and NAPLAN last year) was time. (Digital, analogue and elapsed time). See below.
Here are a few suggestions to help your child over the next few weeks before the assessments if you so chose:
- Keyboarding skills: we did find that there were quite a few Year 3 students in particular who were focussing more on finding the letters on a keyboard for the test, rather than the content of the test. We do recommend that perhaps over the holidays, Year 3 students could practice their keyboarding skills and automaticity in knowing where each letter is on the keyboard to help them become quicker in the test.
You could use programs such as typing.com to help them with practice their typing skills.
- Time: If your child does not know how to tell the time yet, both digitally and on an analogue clock, we do suggest you help them practice this over the next weeks. I have attached a list of tips and hints for you to this email on time.
- NAPLAN Demonstration site – students could also practice on the Public Demonstration Site to give them the experience of the test.
In addition to these, please see below for some useful websites if you need to know more.
Factsheets and FAQs and other support
Our biggest tip and hint is to not stress your child out about the NAPLAN tests. Keep the assessments in perspective. The tests help’s us see your child’s growth and achievement. The most we ask of your child is for them to challenge themselves and try their best. Please use our values when you discuss NAPLAN with your child.
Again, thank you for your support over the past few weeks while we prepared for the practice tests. I will send out the NAPLAN assessment timetable to you early next term for the real tests.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.