Herald Sun: 'If kids fall behind, we need to be told'01 May 2015
Susie O’Brien of the Herald Sun writes about the upcoming NAPLAN tests and measuring student achievement.
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ABC Brisbane: kids' test nervousness can be reduced01 May 2015
Rebecca McLaren from ABC Brisbane discusses with Dr Divna Haslam from the Parenting & Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland how to reduce child nervousness during test times.
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NAPLAN online: automarking30 April 2015
Dr Stanley Rabinowitz, ACARA General Manager, Asessment and Reporting, says:
Currently, student writing is marked using a set of criteria. The marking is done by individual markers with checks by senior markers. This process will continue with NAPLAN online, using the same criteria, which will be fed into marking computer programs, with checks also done along the way by ‘human’ markers. This is an important point: automarking will still involve teachers throughout the process.
We know that automarking works in many NAPLAN-like programs across the world. Building on this, ACARA will undertake research to prove it works specifically in the NAPLAN context. We will engage with teachers on the results of research on automarking, which will give teachers, parents and students confidence that automarking does work for all aspects of NAPLAN. Automarking is central to being able to return student results within much shorter time periods. No final decisions have been made about automarking being part of NAPLAN online.
But one of the issues raised by teachers and parents is that NAPLAN results are returned too late in the year to be of significant value. Automarking, if through research is proven successful in the NAPLAN context, will ensure NAPLAN results are returned to teachers, parents and students faster, allowing immediate attention to students’ strengths and areas in need of improvement.
Benefits of NAPLAN27 April 2015
NAPLAN helps parents and educators to see if children are meeting important numeracy and literacy standards. It amounts to less than four hours, four times in a student’s life, over seven years of schooling. From that small investment comes a wealth of student, school and national information. If students continue with NAPLAN at each opportunity, parents can see their child’s growth and progress in literacy and numeracy across a seven-year schooling period.
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NAPLAN has an important role in the Australian education space24 April 2015
The value of NAPLAN has been identified by parents, principals, teachers, partners and stakeholders around the country. You can see a selection of reports containing research findings, statements of support for NAPLAN and practical examples of how NAPLAN data have been used to improve school performance. You can also view our 'Testimonials' pages with quotes collected from print and broadcast media.
ACARA CEO: The debate about NAPLAN’s value is a tired one22 April 2015
“As NAPLAN 2015 approaches, we are starting to hear the same sweeping statements and assertions, questioning its value despite numerous independent reports and parent testimonials declaring its value.
Read ACARA CEO, Robert Randall’s, opinion piece in today’s Daily Telegraph.
See our new infographic: NAPLAN gets people talking.
NAPLAN is for all Year 3, 5,7 and 9 students22 April 2015
NAPLAN is for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. If anyone suggests that your child should not participate in NAPLAN, you should ask more questions. Students who receive assistance to complete schoolwork in their classroom now – such as access to a scribe, braille resources, a computer with text prediction or screen reader software – are generally able to participate in NAPLAN with the assistance they normally receive.
See more information on the assistance available to students to be a part of NAPLAN.
Anzac Day 2015: Lest we forget21 April 2015
On Saturday 25 April we reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of the many Australians who have served in wartime.
Anzac Day 2015 is particularly significant as it marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings – an important moment in Australian history. Watch ACARA’s video about the Australian Curriculum: history and its links to Anzac Day and its traditions.
Primary Matters for primary teachers20 April 2015
Read the latest issue of Primary Matters, the newsletter provides information about ACARA’s projects that assist primary schools across Australia.
Primary Matters, issue 5 (PDF 338 kb)
Why NAPLAN?20 April 2015
What did some parents, teachers, principals and students have to say about NAPLAN 2014?
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Is NAPLAN valuable for parents?17 April 2015
Wondering what NAPLAN is about, if it is worth your child taking part or if they need to prepare for it? Hear from the Australian Parents Council, Council of State School Organisations and Council of Catholic School Parents in this series of four videos.
Why NAPLAN?13 April 2015
What did some parents, teachers, principals and students have to say about NAPLAN 2014? Check out our new infographic:
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NAPLAN 2015 is coming13 April 2015
The annual National Assessment Program – literacy and numeracy (NAPLAN) tests will be held on 12, 13 and 14 May for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. Students will participate in tests for reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. Literacy and numeracy are fundamental skills we continue to use well into adulthood; and if children are not going as well as they should in these areas, then parents and teachers need to be aware of this as soon as possible.
Remember that NAPLAN is not a test that can be studied for, and students are not expected to do so. What is taught in the classroom is what ends up being assessed in NAPLAN. See our video featuring ACARA’s General Manager, Assessment and Reporting, Dr Stanley Rabinowitz, which helps parents understand more about NAPLAN.
NAP – science literacy (NAP–SL) trial assessment delivered online01 April 2015
The NAP–SL online trial is now complete.
Over 1000 students from 50 schools in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland have completed the online trial test.
Sufficient data have been collected to ensure the assessment instrument developed for the test to be administered contains items that are reliable and valid. Operational procedures and technology infrastructure were also tested in the lead-up to the trial via a technical readiness check, and a helpdesk support line was made available to all schools, both prior to and throughout the testing period.
The operational test will be conducted online in Term 4.