I would rather it set up like the kinder testing in NSW, Best Start. It's very casual, just watching and asking them questions. Very relaxed but still getting base line knowledge
And thank you for your encouragement. I worked with teens for years in another field so I thought primary would be a change of pace
Someone asked her if she had homework this weekend and she said "Naplan practice". I told her no and that she is having a complete break this weekend. I have told her that it is testing the teaching rather than her work, but that worried her because she doesn't want to get things wrong and her teacher gets into trouble AHHHH.....she gets anxious about certain things and I can usually talk her around. However, this is much much harder!
I don't know if this will help, I had to take DD to the Dr yesterday as she had developed a "stress rash" and he suggested putting her on St Johns Wort so I bought some and she already seems less anxious and calmer
Naplan in yr 3 is totally inappropriate, it places immense pressure on children and teachers to achieve high marks to make the school look good instead of looking at the bigger picture of skill building and improvement. If they were serious about using Naplan to improve outcomes they would use yr 3 as an opportunity to assess where the children were up to (and not publicise figures) and then compare them with figures in yr 5, 7 & 9. We opted out of the ones in earlier years and only participated in the yr 7/9 ones, I will most likely do the same with my youngest.
Withdraw her from the NAPLAN test, it will not harm her in any way if she does not do it.
Naplan in Year 3 is ridiculous. We test early in the year (May) on skills that aren't taught in K-2 (exposition writing, ffs!). I teach Year 3 this year, and, while we have done a bit of practice and talked about it a bit, I refuse to enter into huge hype about it. I've never learnt anything about a child I didn't know from teaching them, and the results come in too late in the year to be useful for anything meaningful anyway. It's just statistics and data gathering at the children's expense.
My youngest two are in Year 3 and Year 5 this year, and they know I don't give a damn about Naplan. If they showed the slightest sign of stresss, I'd withdraw them without hesitation, but they're pretty laid back types of kids.
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