NAPLAN is just a starting point. Most private schools will do their own testing but it gives them an idea of classes to place students in, learning support needs etc UNTIL they are actually in class at the school - and then they go on their own assessments
Elijahs Mum (15-09-2016)
If you interpret the myschool graph of my children's school, you would've noticed that in year 3, the lines are dark red which means they were performing significantly lower in NAPLAN than similar and all other schools but the year 5 one shows the lines are light green, which means slightly above, white which means achieving the same as other schools or pink which means only slightly lower. So they have caught up to all schools across Australia in some areas. Those results that I showed are for 2015, this year the results were even better but they haven't published 2016 on my school yet.
The bottom line is that NAPLAN is supposed to be used as a snapshot or diagnostic tool, not a measuring tool. The myschool website means NAPLAN is not being used how it was intended. And the only losers are the kids whose educational opportunities are compromised by a narrower curriculum that only teaches them how to sit a test.
I don't know what other parents look for in a school but you expressing your concerns over my children's school having such a high percentage of children with language background other than English demonstrates the difference in people's values because I sure as ship would not want my kids going to a school that lacked diversity!
Last edited by VicPark; 16-09-2016 at 07:31.
I use Naplan as a snapshot not a complete diagnostic/decision making tool. Don't deny me access to MySchools because some teachers are doing the wrong thing (teaching to Naplan) and some parents (non from my experience however I trust you that there are some) are numpties and don't look beyond Naplan/Myschools.
And also, as I said earlier, even if a school is "below average" in NAPLAN to use your words, it doesn't mean your child will be.
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