In May each year, year 3,5,7 and 9 NSW school students sit their NAPLAN exams. Students and parents alike may find these tests daunting . But they shouldn’t have to! NAPLAN results can be a very valuable resource for parents as they provide a clear report of a students strengths and weaknesses. Here are a few pointers on how to best interpret and utilise your child’s NAPLAN results to nurture their education.
- Understand the format of NAPLAN results
There are different minimum standards for each year group sitting the NAPLAN. The results also provide the state average for each section along with their child’s school average. This is useful as it indicates where your child sits compared to both their school and the state. A more detailed explanation of interpreting NAPLAN results can be found at: https://www.nap.edu.au/results-and-reports/how-to-interpret/national-literacy-numeracy-assessment.
- Identify strengths and weaknesses
Areas where your child excels and areas where they need some assistance are made clear by NAPLAN results. Compare your child’s results to that of their cohort and note areas where they are sitting below the state or school average. These areas are where your child likely needs the most focus.
- Take action!
Don’t let these results be meaningless. Take action by helping your child actively target the learning areas they are struggling with. You could have a discussion with your child’s teacher or tutor about ways they could improve and focus on these areas. Having your child work through extra learning materials wherever possible will help them slowly grow their ability with with key learning areas. And, just as importantly, help them build confidence with their learning!
With this support, your child will be able to gain valuable knowledge about their own educational outcomes. And as a parent, you too can understand the needs of your child better.