NAPLAN: Years 3 & 5

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a literacy and numeracy assessment that students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sit each year. It is the only national assessment all Australian students have the opportunity to undertake. As students progress through their school years, it is important to check how well they are learning the essential skills of reading, writing and numeracy.

NAPLAN assesses the literacy and numeracy skills that students are learning through the school curriculum and allows parents/carers to see how their child is
progressing against national proficiency standards.

NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process. It does not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance, but it can provide teachers with additional information about students’ educational progress.

NAPLAN also provides schools, education authorities and governments with information about how education programs are working and whether young Australians are achieving important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy.

Information for parents/carers can be found here.

Why should students should try their best at NAPLAN:

The results help my teachers teach me better…

  • Your teachers need to know your strengths and weaknesses, so they can plan lessons that focus on the areas you need more help with.
  • Teachers can tailor activities and learning tasks to suit you as individual students, to make sure the work is challenging for you e.g. Aim High students.

I get to learn about myself…

  • By taking part in the NAPLAN tests, you will learn about yourself as a learner and as a person.
    • You will find out about your study habits, how well you can concentrate and how resilient you are when things get tough.

I will learn great study habits now for the future…

  • No matter where school or your career takes you, you will always have tests and interviews e.g. driving test.
    • At secondary school or the world of work, you will be tested constantly.
    • Learn to revise your notes and do practice tests.
    • Consider ALL advice from teachers and your families.

I get to challenge myself…

  • If taking  a test is a scary thought, you have to find a way to motivate or ‘lift’ yourself to focus and do your best.
    • This is just another challenge in life, overcoming challenges is what school life is all  about.
    • Learning to cope with the pressure of test conditions is a challenge…but you can kick goals!

I can achieve great results…doing my best feels great…

  • It’s cool to do well….and it feels great! Be proud of what you achieve.
    • Your teachers and families will be proud of you for doing your best and getting the best test scores that you can.