NAPLAN is a word we hear discussed in the media. Throughout their education students will be involved in this external test. The NAPLAN is completed by students every two years from Year 3 to Year 9.
“NAPLAN tests are run every year to provide policy makers, schools, and parents with important information about how well students are performing in key areas of literacy and numeracy.” http://www.nap.edu.au/index.html
It is important to note that the students are involved in a wide range of assessment tasks over the year. Assessment is an important tool to assist students, parents and teachers monitor student progress, adjust teaching to meet the needs of individual students and evaluate and reflect on the programs offered at your child’s school. Schools strive to make the assessments relevant to each student.
Effective assessments give students feedback on how well they understand the information and on what they need to improve. Assessment becomes more relevant when students become involved in their own assessment. Students take an active role in developing the scoring criteria, self-evaluation, and goal setting.
Authentic assessment can include many of the following:
- Classroom tasks
- Portfolios/ projects
- Teacher-created tests
- Self and peer-evaluation
The wide range of assessments allows for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills through varied experiences.
Assessment is a vital part of your child’s education, whether in formal or informal activities we strive to ensure that assessment gives a clear understanding of your child’s progress and/ or provide information about what is next step in their education.
If you ever have any questions about your child’s education always talk to the teacher