As you will be aware from the media, NAPLAN results have been released this week. Reading, spelling and number NAPLAN results are three of our key AIP priorities this year.
Although we have not received all the Yr 3/5/7/9 NAPLAN individual reports yet, they should arrive this week and be sent home before the end of the week. I have been sent our overall school NAPLAN reports and I am pleased to say this has been our best year yet. Last year I was able to report that we equalled the rest of the nation with the overall percentage of children at or above the national minimum standard (NMS). In nearly all cases we smashed that achievement this year with us equalling the nation not only in the NMS, but also the percentage of children in the upper two bands (U2B) and overall mean score, the latter being the more important result. Some (not all) of our Yr 3 results are the only areas we fell behind the nation and although we did expect that might happen, we will need to look at what we can do to address that.
As ecstatic as I am with our results this year, we do need to keep somethings in perspective. Firstly,as much as I have stated that we have equalled the nation, this does not mean that every child has achieved this, we as a school have overall. Secondly,as I said last year, given the small number of children in each of our year levels, we cannot guarantee to match this momentous achievement every year. For example if we have a year level with say only three children, it would be difficult to average the same results. Thirdly, NAPLAN tests are not the total measure of our children; they are a point in time test. Fourthly, and the most important measure is has each individual child reached their real potential? Every child should have relative gain, which is one of our key messages in our YES message; “Every Child Shall Improve”.
What can you do to help at home?As I said about end of semester reports last term, look at the results in terms of where you expect your child to be with their NAPLAN results. Don’t pass judgment on their score; are they where you expect them to be on the banding scale? Support them in their understanding that you are proud of their achievements. If they not achieved what you would have expected, then make an appointment with their teacher to ascertain why and if there is anything to change that.