In the second week of May this year Palmerston College students in Years 7 and 9 will be taking part in the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). NAPLAN is a nationwide measure through which parents, teachers, schools, education authorities, governments and the broader community can determine how young Australians are developing their literacy and numeracy skills. The results of NAPLAN enable the identification of problems in the school system and are a means of evaluating potential solutions, from a national level all the way down to individual students.
While NAPLAN results enable parents to see how their children are progressing against an objective national benchmark, it is important to note that the results are only one aspect of the way the College’s assessment and reporting process. A student’s teachers will have the best insight to how a students educational progress is tracking – where they are doing well and areas that might need more help. If you have concerns about your child’s educational progress we would suggest you contact the college to make an appointment with their teacher or Wellbeing Professional Leader.
To help students prepare for NAPLAN they will be doing a practice test in a simulated environment on Thursday 8 April. Results for NAPLAN will be published later in the year, with NAPLAN reports being sent home with a report in Semester 2 when they become available.