Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­DREW BA BACK­HOUSE

THE night be­fore the big test, 12- year- old Thomas Smith stud­ied alone be­fore head­ing to bed early.

The next day he was one of thou­sands of Townsville stu­dents who took part in the Na­tional As­sess­ment Pro­gram – Lit­er­acy and Numer­acy stan­dard­ised test.

Thomas is among the Pim­lico State High School co­hort which had the high­est NAPLAN re­sults among the city’s state schools, with an av­er­age score of 548.5.

Thomas said he un­der­took the test con­fi­dent in his prepa­ra­tions. “I felt kind of ner­vous but I told my­self, even though it was a test, I had been work­ing on it through­out the year and wouldn’t be sur­prised by any­thing in the test,” he said.

Stu­dents across Aus­tralia take the NAPLAN in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, aimed at de­ter­min­ing stu­dent out­comes.

Pim­lico State High School prin­ci­pal Joel Buch­holz said there was a link be­tween what the stu­dents learned in class gen­er­ally and the NAPLAN re­sults.

“Es­sen­tially the test is test­ing stu­dents in re­la­tion to the Aus­tralian cur­ricu­lum,” he said. “If our teach­ers are be­ing re­ally strate­gic and pur­pose­ful and tar­geted in what they’re teach­ing and how they’re sup­port­ing stu­dents through their sub­jects, then our stu­dents are go­ing to be pre­pared for NAPLAN.”


LEARN­ING CURVE: Pim­lico State High School stu­dents Han­nah Cameron and Thomas Smith, both 12.

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