I'm really surprised that a teacher would suggest you 'study' for NAPLAN. The idea is ridiculous and goes against the whole point of NAPLAN which is snap shot data and truly more useful for the school and region than individual children.
The best indication of how children are going at school are parent teacher interviews and school reports, not a test on one given day.
I wouldn't give it another thought OP.
I agree with Big Red V. I despise the my school website and refuse to look at it. My old high school has some of the top results in the state - well of course it does, it's a selective school and if you don't pass the entrance exam you don't get in, so there would be something wrong if the naplan results were bad. The results mean nothing.
When I'm looking at a school for my children I want to know things like what opportunities will they have, how will the school help my kids reach their potential - if they are falling behind what support is there for them, and if they are ahead what tools do the teachers have to extend them.....what are the school policies on bullying and classroom behaviour, and so on. I can honestly say naplan results wouldn't even come into it (although I was at a parents meeting a few weeks ago and the principal mentioned that the school does do a lot of analysis of their naplan results....it's all for internal purposes though so they can track how individual students are progressing and identify trends or areas where additional resources may be required.....which IMO is exactly how naplan is supposed to be used!)
To get a better idea I would only look at a single school and analyse the data over several years and cohorts of children to see how that school is travelling. I would also triangulate that data with the whole school level report and the 'student gain' graph.
A school which always gets really good NAPLAN data but doesn't improve on that data is not making real improvements to teaching and learning- schools need to value add to their own individual data to improve.
Hope this makes sense.
Elijahs Mum (22-03-2013)
As a teacher myself, I would much rather send my child to a school where there are dramatic improvements over time than one where improvement is fairly standard... even if the overall scores for the former school were lower. Although of course there'd be far more to choosing a school than that.
I would also like to say that some schools don't let their special needs or "low" kids sit the naplan exam while others do. The school that rated the lowest in our area had loads of special needs children of which they asked every single one of them to sit the exam.
I've also worked at schools which have rubbish teaching methods and the kids are fairly low but rank well in NAPLAN. No idea how they rigged that one.
I agree re NAPLAN not being reliable. My sister sends her boys to a school which does quite poorly on NAPLAN but she's found it to be excellent. The reason it doesn't do well is they attract quite a few kids with ASD and other issues as they are equipped to handle them and teach them well. But these kids don't always do well on NAPLAN.
I don't think it's terribly reliable at all.
I can't say that I've ever tried searching for results on DS school for their naplan results. Personally I'm not interested. All I'm interested in is DS and how he is doing.
My personal opinion is that you don't need a whole lot of funding to teach well (except for attracting good teachers- and I believe good teachers will know this. I taught my son last night how to devide by using lollies that were in the fruit bowl left over from the weekend).
Curious- do we get the papers back? That's something that I would be most interested in.
I want DS to do the test. I'm not a teacher and I don't know how to judge whether DS is or isn't struggling with a concept without some form of "test". I don't know how to teach or what to teach when- I'm likely to start off with the difficult concept of grammer when he hasn't even learnt the alphebet! This would be idealy what I would like from the school report- which I don't feel I'm getting. Naplan might be able to provide me with these answers.
It is not the context I am interested in DS "studying". It is the format. DS has never sat a "test". He doesn't understand multiple choice, how to structure and answer, a story etc etc and I certainly don't like the idea of the teacher spending her time teaching the class that. I think it's something I can teach relatively easily at home. I don't mind teaching him these things as its something that he will use throughout his education. If there was a test that could teach him these things using spiderman- I'd get it, but the Naplan books are the only ones of their kind so them it must be.
so much of what we do comes down to 1 test on 1 day...i don't see why that is such an issue. Some kids will have bad days some kids will have good days, it is part of life.
My feeling is that if the schools and teachers don't make it a huge stressful thing, then the kids will be fine. If information is shared and spoken about freely, then it becomes less of an issue.
But, as a parent, i hate that we are given such meaningless info on reports....so my kid is performing "on target" for the curriculum...wtf does that mean? Does it mean compared to their class/year they are at the bottom and need assistance or does it mean they are at the top? The curric is an unknown to most parents (not me, I am at uni studying it lol) so this kind of feed back means bugger all.
Teachers are hamstrung with the comments they are allowed to write...so nothing meaningful comes there either.
i WANT to know how my kids are doing...at the moment, NAPLAN is at least some indication. I don't want wiffly waffly feel good statements...i want data so I can know how to help and support them.
If your child is on target, then they are meeting age expectations. If you are unsure about the report or where your child is at, ask the teacher instead of relying on naplan.
See, I don't think it's fair to compare your children to others.
I would rather know my child had made good progress than comparing her to classmates. It doesn't matter if she's better than someone.
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