Let's talk about NAPLAN


Dear Parents,

As both a parent and experienced teacher, I understand the pressure our children experience around NAPLAN time.

NAPLAN can feel like the granddaddy of all exams, as it reflects the range of student performance on a nation-wide level.

Our children are already having conversations in the school grounds and across social media around their NAPLAN experiences and I believe it’s important that we as parents are a part of that conversation in a positive way.

Who needs to participate?

If your child/ren are in Years 3, 5, 7 or 9 they are expected to participate in NAPLAN literacy and numeracy testing. There are circumstances where an exemption to participating may be granted. Please click here for more information.

It is important to remember that NAPLAN is not about passing or failing, rather it is a learning-progress measurement tool.

Why is NAPLAN important?

NAPLAN results are used to assist teachers and educators across the country in providing a personalised approach to your child/ren’s educational needs. The results also help schools identify strengths and weaknesses in teaching programs and to set goals going forward.

What does this mean for your child?

The more information we have, the better equipped we are to design programs to meet student needs; whether at a personal or whole-school level.

What do you need to do?

Be supportive of your child/ren. This is not a pass or fail situation. It is a snapshot of our children’s learning at a particular point in time

Encourage them to participate and speak to their teacher if you have any concerns. We are here to support both yourself and your children and to ensure that this nationwide test is as stress-free as possible.

Melanie Warren