NAPLAN Testing in Darwin
Each year Larrakeyah Primary School participates in the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). In addition to ensuring our students are acquiring essential skills needed to progress through school and life, we use test results to identify opportunities to support student learning, adapt and improve our programs, and provide specific help where needed.
How does NAPLAN work?
NAPLAN is an annual assessment that takes place nationwide in the second week of May. The tests are sat by students in Year 3, 5, 7, and 9. As a primary school, our year 3 and 5 students participate in the assessment.
NAPLAN testing focuses on the essential skills every child needs. The test areas (or ‘domains’) are:
- Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
This year, over 1 million students across Australia undertook NAPLAN testing.
Who benefits from NAPLAN?
While we are very proud of our NAPLAN results, consistently achieving above the Australian average, the real value lies in analysing results to help every member of the school community.
For students and parents, NAPLAN testing provides key points to discuss progress with teachers and compare progress against peers on a national level.
For teachers, NAPLAN helps identify students who may need to be further challenged in specific areas due to high performance, as well as areas a student may need extra support.
As a school, NAPLAN helps us identify the strengths and weaknesses of our teaching programs and set specific goals to improve learning outcomes. For example, in previous years NAPLAN testing identified that we could bolster our student’s understanding of Place Value. A school focus was outlined, professional development and training was supplied to our staff, and specialised resources were added to improve how we taught decimals.
Moving to NAPLAN Online
All schools across Australia will move to using online assessment for NAPLAN by 2020. This means moving from paper-based tests to tests within a computer environment.
NAPLAN Online was first introduced in 2018, with just over 15 per cent of schools participating in the program. Feedback has been positive so far, with participating schools reporting that students found the online assessment engaging.
If you’re interested in how NAPAL Online functions, you can review a public demonstration of the online tests.
A huge benefit of NAPLAN Online is the introduction of tailored testing. This method allows the test to adapt to the performance level of the individual student, allowing each student to engage with the test and demonstrate what they know.
Tailored Testing will provide more accurate and detailed data to schools to help them support students at different levels.