In May, year 3,5,7 and 9 NSW school students will be sitting their NAPLAN exams. The NAPLAN tests examine students’ reading, writing, grammar and numeracy levels, allowing parents to understand their child’s strengths and weaknesses. Here are a few pointers on how to best interpret and utilise your child’s NAPLAN results to further assist and nurture their education.
1. Understand the format of NAPLAN results
For each year group sitting the NAPLAN there are different minimum standards, which can be seen in the image below. The results also provide parents with the state average for each section along with their child’s school average. 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.
2. Identify strengths and weaknesses
After understanding how to read and interpret NAPLAN results, it’s important to identify the areas in which your child excelled and the areas in which they need some assistance. You can do this by determining how your child performed both against the state and their school peers.
3. Take action
It’s important to encourage students in the areas they performed well by supporting their learning in those areas. It is also equally important to address the areas in which your child did not perform to their potential. You could do this by speaking with your child’s class teacher or by personally working with your child on certain areas.
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.Date Posted: 3 March 2018