If you are wondering why there’s a frown on the faces of some of the school kids you pass by this morning, it’s because it is that time of year for those in years 3, 9 and 12 – NAPLAN Tests are underway for them from today.
In all, a record 255,000 Queensland students, in state and non-state schools, will undertake the testing and experts warn that it can be an extremely stressful time for students, parents and teachers.
The tests are held each year to assist schools to identify areas where students may need extra support.
Language conventions and writing tests will be the order today, reading on Wednesday and numeracy testing will be held on Thursday.
Education Minister Kate Jones says sitting the test should not be a cause for concern for students or their parents.
“My advice to all students is to just try your very best.”
The 2017 NAPLAN data will highlight student’s strengths, show which areas assistance might be needed and help educators and schools develop further and establish where to channel resources to provide more targeted support.
The work out kids do today is then assessed by The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority which will provide students’ NAPLAN reports to schools by August for distribution to parents.
So, we all need to remember, that it is a tense three days for our students in these years, wish them well and give them our support.
And for the kids themselves, just do your best, as the Minister says, and remember, NAPLAN is not the rest of your life nor is it a measure of who you are or where you may head into the future.