IT’S NAPLAN TIME AGAIN - IT COMES AROUND QUICKLY EACH YEAR, DOESN’T IT? HAVEN SPENT SOME TIME WITH IN­DUS­TRY EX­PERTS TO DIS­CUSS WHAT THE TEST IS ALL ABOUT AND HOW YOU CAN BEST PRE­PARE YOUR KIDS FOR IT.

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the word “NAPLAN” pop up in con­ver­sa­tion over the past month or so. Love it or loathe it, the an­nual test is back on our kids’ radars again this month. A spokesper­son for the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing says the de­part­ment is al­ways fo­cused on im­prov­ing stu­dents’ lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy and NAPLAN is just one used tool to mea­sure its suc­cess. “While NAPLAN is an im­por­tant tool to help teach­ers un­der­stand how stu­dents are per­form­ing and help schools to best meet the needs of our young peo­ple, it is not the be-all and end-all,” the spokesper­son says. Mabel Park State High School teacher Naomi White­house agrees. As a sec­ondary English and Hu­man­i­ties teacher on Bris­bane's south­side, Naomi says that while the data gath­ered helps teach­ers tai­lor their pro­grams, your child’s their teacher.

HOW PAR­ENTS CAN HELP THEIR KIDS

As a par­ent, Naomi says you can al­ways con­tinue your kids’ learn­ing at home by en­cour­ag­ing them to watch the news, help them build re­silience by en­cour­ag­ing them to keep try­ing even when they fail, and help them de­velop prac­ti­cal skills that en­hance their lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy. “Instead of spend­ing money and time on the plethora of NAPLAN prepa­ra­tion book­lets that have cropped up over the years, try to in­cor­po­rate ba­sic lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy into your ev­ery­day tasks,” Naomi ex­plains. “As an adult, chal­lenge is teach­ing kids to do this too.”

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