Dispelling NAPLAN confusion

NAPLAN_MR.JPGThis May 2019 children across the country in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will sit the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests, with the advent of online testing this year.

As students, teachers and parents alike are put to the test, pressure builds around the significance of the test as secondary school applications loom, and NAPLAN results are requested for submission.  

“There is a common misconception amongst parents that their child’s NAPLAN result will be used to determine acceptance into high school,” says St John Fisher College Principal Ms Cathy Galvin.

“Although NAPLAN results will be requested when applying for secondary school, I can speak for St John Fisher College when I say that by no means is this test result used in isolation when assessing an application for enrolment.”

“Our College assesses applicants holistically, looking at the child’s performance and commitment to education over a number of areas and disciplines.”

“We also look at the broad range of interests, including music and sport, that the student may enjoy.”

“In our application process, NAPLAN results are used to determine educational gaps or areas where the student may need support and also to identify students who may need extension.”

Brisbane Catholic Education Student Wellbeing Officer, Amy Hodkinson comments; “NAPLAN can cause some children to feel stressed and anxious, especially those in Year 3 who are likely sitting their first exam, but it’s also an opportunity to build resilience.”

“Some schools can over-emphasise the significance of NAPLAN as can teachers who are feeling under pressure to perform”.

“This can have a trickle-down effect, placing children under too much stress and it’s therefore really important for parents to play their part in diffusing pressure by ‘playing it down’.”

“St John Fisher College therapy dogs, Wilbur and Lucy will be on campus in the lead up to NAPLAN this May, providing great comfort to our year 7 and 9 students who will be sitting the exams”.