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.
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.”